Since end-to-end testing in preparation for the upcoming ICD-10 compliance date is still a major concern for practices, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is inviting participants to stay knowledgeable and on-target.
According to EHR Intelligence, the CMS is inviting participants to join a testing program that will begin this coming January. The program's purpose is to give providers ample time to comply, since the January session will be the first of three offered before the deadline of next October 1. These specifically target Medicare "Free For Service" systems.
The association will choose hundreds of volunteers by October 24 of this year, and interested parties need to submit their volunteer forms no later than October 3, which will focus on the claims submission processes. In addition to this, there will also be three rounds of "ICD-10 Acknowledgement Testing" that take place this November, March and June.
EHR Intelligence also quotes from the president of the American Medical Association, Steven Stack, who expressed concern over the plans for ICD-10 while still acknowledging the benefits of this testing period.
"While the AMA appreciates that physicians have additional time to comply with ICD-10, we continue to have fundamental concerns about ICD-10 and its implementation, which will not be resolved by the extra time," he said.
In a press release from the organization, the CMS called for anyone who wants to take part to visit the website of their MAC. On top of that, healthcare coding and consulting services are effective at ensuring that everything is fully in compliance. With extra time, the government hopes that new codes will pose less of a threat to practices looking to modernize.