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  • Limited Space Available for ICD-10 Testing; Application Deadline October 3

    The first end-to-end testing of Medicare's system for processing claims using the new International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10) will allow approximately 850 health care providers to see a claim through from submission to remittance advice. APTA is encouraging members to sign up for the program before the October 3 deadline as a good way to gauge their own practice's readiness for the change.

    The testing program will run the week of January 26-30, 2015, and will allow a sample group of providers to work with Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) and the Common Electronic Data Interchange (CEDI) contractors to evaluate the system for processing the new codes. That testing process will include submission of claims with ICD-10 codes to the fee-for-service claims system, adjudication of claims, and the production of accurate remittance advices.

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is targeting a broad cross-section of providers and will select testing participants based on needs for the study. Volunteers can apply through their MAC's website but must do so by October 3. The MACs and CEDI will notify the volunteers who have been selected and provide them with information by October 24.

    CMS is planning additional end-to-end testing later in 2015, and more information on the testing process is available online. The ICD-10 codes are scheduled to be implemented on October 1, 2015.

    Need more information on what the change to ICD-10 means for your practice? Visit the APTA ICD-10 webpage, which includes background and resources.

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