The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has been working with the Healthcare Billing & Management Association and some other groups on developing consensus for end-to-end testing for migration to ICD-10 codes. Now, CMS has scheduled a number of Web-based “listening sessions” in coming days to get more industry input. Following is a CMS statement:

“HBMA was one of a small group of organizations selected to assist CMS in developing industry consensus on the definition of ready and end-to-end testing for ICD-10.  The key definitions developed by the HBMA ICD-10 committee were the starting point for this project.  We believe HBMA members have more expertise in the operational ramifications of these definitions than any other organization.  We fully understand the systemic problems that occurred with 5010 due to a lack of standardization, and we are hoping to avoid similar issues with the implementation of ICD-10.    “Now we need your help and input.  CMS will be hosting listening sessions for this important project.  If you can participate, we strongly encourage you to go to the HBMA website and review the definitions we developed and then lend your support for the critical need of requiring industry wide adherence to these definitions.

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