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Published 10/1/2014

CMS Announces ICD-10 Testing Dates

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced three testing dates leading up to the Oct. 1, 2015, implementation of the International Classification of Diseases–10th Edition (ICD-10). According to CMS, the first testing week will be Nov. 17–21, 2014. Two additional testing weeks are scheduled in 2015: March 2–6 and June 1–5.

“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,” the agency stated in its announcement.

The concept of trading partner testing, stated CMS, was originally designed to validate the trading partners’ ability to meet technical compliance and performance processing standards during implementation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). The recently announced testing weeks will allow trading partners’ access to MACs and Common Electronic Data Interchange (CEDI) for testing with real-time help desk support.

Testing will be conducted virtually and posted on the following websites: CMS (www.cms.hhs.gov), CEDI (www.ngscedi.com), and each MAC. All providers and facilities covered must be fully compliant with the new medical code classification system by Oct. 1, 2015.

CMS has posted webcasts to help providers with the transition to ICD-10. To view them, visit cms.gov/ICD10 and click on the link to “Road to 10,” then click on the “Webcasts” tab located in the left-hand navigation bar. The AAOS has also developed three ICD-10 webinars, which are available at www.aaos.org/icd10