November 20, 2013
Testing, testing, 1-2-3. CMS recently released an ICD-10 implementation testing date for MACs and their trading partners. March 3 through March 7, 2014 is the testing week to promote awareness, interest, and to boost confidence in providers as they prepare for ICD-10.
CMS recommends that "all Medicare MACs and the DME MACs CEDI contractor to implement an ICD-10 testing week with trading partners." This concept of testing with trading partners was initially designed to confirm the ability of the testing partners to comply with technical and performance processing standards of HIPAA 5010.
ICD-10 will be implemented on October 1, 2014 and will require full compliance by all covered entities. It is important that the provider community take advantage of this testing week in March to ensure a smoother implementation in October.