News From CMS Regarding ICD-10 Testing Week

This Past March, CMS Conducted A Successful Test Submitting Claims Using ICD-10 Codes

In an article published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on May 30, 2014, CMS states that with the use of 2,600 different participating providers, supplier, billing companies and clearinghouses, over 127,000 claims were submitted using ICD-10 codes to the Medicare Fee-for-service (FFS) claims system.

CMS states that the test week was successful because nationally, CMS accepted 89% of the test claims, with some regions reporting acceptance rates as high as 99%.  “This testing week allowed an opportunity for testers and CMS alike to learn valuable lessons about ICD-10 claims processing.  In many cases, testers intentionally included such errors in their claims to make sure that the claim would be rejected, a process often referred to as negative testing.”

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