Bowing to intense industry pressure, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced it will conduct “limited” end-to-end testing of ICD-10 during the summer of 2014.

The agency has been stubbornly clinging to a previously announced March 3-7 ICD-10 “acknowledgement” testing period to enable providers, billers and clearinghouses to determine if CMS contractors can accept their claims as it sole testing period. But CMS has increasingly come under fire from stakeholders--primarily the American Hospital Association, American Medical Association and Medical Group Management Association--to conduct the far more extensive end-to-end testing to assure proper adjudication and payment of claims.

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