The American Hospital Association is calling on Medicare and Medicaid contractors to begin end-to-end ICD-10 testing no later than January 2014.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has not yet committed to end-to-end testing and in a letter to Deputy Administrator Jonathan Blum, AHA made clear that it must. “We appreciate the agency’s efforts to offer extensive educational opportunities for providers. However, extensive end-to-end testing by Medicare contractors and state Medicaid agencies of both the electronic transaction and the adjudication of the claim will be needed to ensure a smooth transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10. The American Hospital Association encourages the agency to make its testing plans known as quickly as possible so that hospitals and other health care providers can be confident that all parties will be ready on Oct. 1, 2014.”

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