Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services offered ICD-10 acknowledgement testing to allow providers, billing companies, and clearinghouses the opportunity to determine whether CMS will be able to accept their claims with ICD-10 codes. Now, Medicare claims processor vendor Noridian Healthcare Solutions has partnered with CMS to continue ICD-10 acknowledgement testing for an indefinite period.

CMS offered front-end testing as part of “ICD-10 National Testing Week” which was held March 3-7. The testing gave claims submitters access to Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs). Noridian, which processes Part A, Part B and DME claims, also tested with electronic data interchange vendors and other submitters.

The California Medical Association is encouraging all direct EDI submitters and vendors to test with Noridian, which serves more than 13 million beneficiaries in 50 states and 290,000 healthcare providers. “The purpose of acceptance testing is to ensure that base system functionality and front end editing have been updated for ICD-10 and are functioning correctly,” according to the association. “Acceptance testing will help ensure you are ready for the October 2014 implementation of ICD-10.”

This testing will not, however, confirm claim payment or produce remittance advice. For that, CMS announced last month that it would solicit volunteers to conduct limited end-to-end testing with the MACs July 21-25 for a small sample group of providers. Volunteers have until March 24 to submit a form to be considered for the ICD-10 end-to-end testing.

The sample of 32 participants for each MAC will be selected from the volunteers to "represent a broad cross-section of provider types, claims types, and submitter types.” Volunteers who have been selected for the ICD-10 end-to-end testing will be notified by April 14.

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