CMS makes progress on ICD-10 testing

CMS has reported positive ICD-10 testing results so far this year.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released new information regarding the results of the end-to-end ICD-10 testing period from January 26 to February 3. A statistics report shows that the CMS received nearly 14,930 different test claims, and that out of these, it accepted 81 percent of them, or 12,149 claims. The results seem to show the ICD-10 claims processing readiness and indicates the types of claims received.

These fell into three types of categories: Institutional, Supplier, and Professional, which accounted for more than half of the total claims. The only category that suffered from any issues was the "institutional" claims, some of which had to be returned because they weren't processed properly. However, this reportedly affected fewer than ten claims and none of the professional or supplier claims were rejected because of front-end issues.

In an official blog post, Marilyn Tavenner, CMS Administrator, champions the importance of continued testing.

"Testing allows us to identify areas of improvement, and we will work with outside entities and stakeholders to improve those very small deficiencies identified," she said. "And we will continue to do testing, especially in those areas we identify as needing improvement."

She goes on to clarify that ICD-10 should only be used "for test purposes" until the conversion deadline this October, after which it will become mandatory. ICD-9 still applies to claims from before that date, no matter whether or not the provider accepts Medicare and Medicaid.

Because of this, testing is an important part of the current healthcare landscape, and all entities that take part in it need to consider whether or not they are ready for the rigors of ICD-10. Healthcare coding and consulting services could help participants take the greatest advantage of the time leading up to this deadline.

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