With ICD-10 a consistent concern for providers and government figures alike, the effectiveness of end-to-end testing is still an important tool to encourage readiness among participants. The American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) has released the results of a poll concerning last November's ICD-10 testing period. During this time, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) tested 13,700 different claims.
Out of these, the tests found that 87 percent of the claims were accepted and that 84 percent of the participants were satisfied with the testing process. Information from the test could help formulate better cost estimates and testing plans for the future.
Because there are more testing sessions scheduled for this summer, understanding the impact of the previous tests is a good way to make alterations to the newer ones. Although the AACP did say that most of the survey respondents indicated that they were not working with ICD-10 acknowledgment testing, overall the source identified positive signs that satisfying the ICD-10 deadline this October is within reach for many.
"Preparation is required, but it hasn't been remarkably difficult, for most health care entities," the organization said. "Early testing suggests that the transition will occur without major problems, and the improved documentation and attention to detail that ICD-10 requires will leave us all (whether provider, payer, or patients) better off."
By both paying attention to and participating in testing opportunities, providers can see the potential benefits and put themselves on a path towards compliance. This could not only help IT usage but also guarantee financial savings later on because these testing periods were held in advance. Healthcare consulting firms are a possible solution to setting up the necessary IT structures for meeting government requirements.