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CMS to run ICD-10 acknowledgement testing June 1 to 5

Any provider who submits claims electronically can participate in acknowledgement testing.

Any provider who submits claims electronically can participate in acknowledgement testing.Any provider who submits claims electronically can participate in acknowledgement testing.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will run ICD-10 acknowledgement testing from June 1 through June 5, the agency has announced, giving healthcare provides a chance to test out their coding procedures ahead of the Oct. 1 switch to the new coding vocabulary.

[Also: ICD-10 will come on Oct. 1,  but many aren't prepared]

It would be the fourth week CMS ran acknowledgement testing. Any provider who submits claims electronically can participate in acknowledgement testing.

Here’s more info from CMS:

During testing:

  • Test claims will receive the 277CA or 999 acknowledgement as appropriate, to confirm that the claim was accepted or rejected in the system
  • Test claims will be subject to all current front-end edits, including edits for valid National Provider Identifiers (NPIs), Provider Transaction Access Numbers (PTANs), and codes, including Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) and place of service
  • Testing will not confirm claim payment or produce a Remittance Advice (RA)
  • MACs and CEDI will be staffed to handle increased call volume during this week

Testing tips:

  • Make sure test files have the "T" in the ISA15 field to indicate the file is a test file
  • Send ICD-10 coded test claims that closely resemble the claims that you currently submit
  • Use valid submitter ID, NPI, and PTAN combinations
  • Use current dates of service on test claims (i.e. October 1, 2014 through June 1, 2015)
  • Do not use future dates of service or your claim will be rejected

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