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CMS Urgently Looking for ICD-10 End-to-End Testers

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking volunteer providers, clearinghouses and suppliers to participate in end-to-end ICD-10 tracking with contractors in late July 2014. The deadline to submit an application form is March 24, 2014.

CMS in a March 14 notice said it will test with more than 500 organizations. Medicare contractors have posted a volunteer form on their Web sites where organizations can submit their applications. Contractors will notify volunteers by April 14 that they have been selected to test and will provide relevant information. Testing will take place July 21-25.  “End-to-end testing includes the submission of test claims to CMS with ICD-10 codes and the provider’s receipt of a Remittance Advice that explains the adjudication of the claims,” the agency explains.

The goal of testing is to demonstrate that providers and other submitters can successfully submit ICD-10 codes to Medicare’s FFS claims systems, and the CMS software will appropriately adjudicate claims and produce accurate remittances. CMS will select participants that represent a broad cross-section of provider types, claims types and submitter types.

CMS also advises organizations that won’t be ready for ICD-10 by the compliance date to consider downloading free billing software from their Medicare Administrative Contractor. The software has been updated to support ICD-10 codes and requires an Internet connection. The billing software only works for submitting fee-for-service claims to Medicare. MACs also may offer a portal to submit professional claims as a contingency.

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