CMS Announces ICD-10 Testing Weeks

Aug. 28, 2014
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced three different testing weeks leading up to the October 1, 2015 implementation date for ICD-10.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced three different testing weeks leading up to the October 1, 2015 implementation date for ICD-10.

The testing weeks will be:

  • November 17 – 21, 2014
  • March 2 – 6, 2015
  • June 1 – 5, 2015

According to CMS, while submitters may acknowledgement test ICD-10 claims at any time through implementation, the ICD-10 testing weeks have been created to generate awareness and interest, and to instill confidence in the provider community that CMS and the Medicare administrative contractors (MACs) are ready and prepared for the ICD-10 implementation. Testing is designed to validate the trading partners’ ability to meet technical compliance and performance processing standards during the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) 5010 implementation, the agency said.

Earlier this month, CMS announced that it would offer three separate end-to-end testing opportunities. Each opportunity will be open to a limited number of providers that volunteer for this testing; as planned, approximately 2,550 volunteer submitters will have the opportunity to participate over the course of the three testing periods, the agency said.

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