The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a national testing week from March 3 through March 7, 2014 for current direct submitters (providers and clearinghouses) to help prepare for the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 code sets.
Virtual testing will allow access to the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) and Common Electronic Data Interchange (CEDI) for testing with real-time help desk support. Registration information is available through the MACs’ websites.
CMS provided the following tips regarding the testing:
- Test claims with ICD-10 codes must be submitted with current dates of service (i.e., October 1, 2013 through March 3, 2014), since testing does not support future dated claims.
- Test claims will receive the 277CA or 999 acknowledgement as appropriate, to confirm that the claim was accepted or rejected in the system.
- Testing will not confirm claim payment or produce remittance advice.
- MACs and CEDI will be staffed to handle increased call volume during this week.
The MLN Connects article regarding the ICD-10 testing week is available at:
The following MLN Connects articles provide more information regarding the ICD-10 testing:
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. “Register for ICD-10 Testing Week.” MLN Connects Weekly Provider eNews. 27 Feb. 2014.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. “ICD-10 Testing with Providers through the Common Edits and Enhancements Module (CEM) and Common Electronic Data Interchange (CEDI).” MLN Matters Article: MM8465. 31 Dec. 2013.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. “Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS) ICD-10 Testing Approach.” MLN Matters Article: SE1409, Revised. 27 Feb. 2014