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  • Volunteers Wanted for ICD-10 Testing – Sign Up by March 24

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is looking for volunteers to test systems (.pdf) built around the International Classifications of Diseases – 10th revision (ICD-10) codes that will be implemented throughout the Medicare and Medicaid systems in October. Practices that participate in the end-to-end testing this summer could find the experience to be a good way of assessing their own readiness for the transition.

    The tests, set for July 21–25, will involve a select group of providers working with Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs), and the Common Electronic Data Interchange (CEDI) contractor. The testing will include submission of test claims to CMS with ICD-10 codes and the provider’s receipt of a Remittance Advice (RA) document that explains the adjudication of the claims. CMS wants to verify that:

    • Providers or submitters are able to successfully submit claims containing ICD-10 codes to the Medicare fee-for-service claims systems;
    • CMS software changes made to support ICD-10 result in appropriately adjudicated claims (based on the pricing data used for testing purposes); and
    • Accurate RAs are produced.

    The sample will be selected from providers, suppliers, and other submitters who volunteer to participate. CMS intends to create a broad nationwide sample that represents a mix of provider, claims, and submitter types. Providers interested in volunteering can sign up by filling out an interest form at the appropriate MAC website. Deadline for submission is March 24.

    Need more information on what the change to ICD-10 means for your practice? Visit the APTA ICD-10 webpage, which includes background, resources, and a pre-recorded webinar, "Are You Ready to Move from ICD-9 to ICD-10?"

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