Volunteer for July ICD-10 testing week by April 17
CMS will hold a third end-to-end ICD-10 testing week July 20 to July 24.
Approximately 850 volunteers will be selected to participate in the testing week. Forms for interested volunteers are due on April 17. CMS will inform those providers that have been selected by May 8.
CMS will address any issues uncovered during testing prior to the Oct. 1 implementation date, as well as provide educational material based on the week's results.
Volunteer forms are available on your MAC website.
HHS sets Oct. 1, 2015 deadline for ICD-10 implementation
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a rule finalizing Oct. 1, 2015 as the new compliance date for healthcare providers, health plans, and health care clearinghouses to transition to ICD-10. The deadline was delayed to allow providers, insurance companies, and other stakeholders additional time to implement ICD-10, which restructures the diagnosis classification system with a significant increase in the number of codes, expanded code lengths, and narrative descriptions, allowing for greater granularity. Dermatology alone is moving from 9,000+ ICD-9 codes to more than 22,000 codes in ICD-10. For additional information about ICD-10, visit http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/ICD10/index.html.
ICD-10 External Testing Opportunities
United Healthcare - ICD10Questions@uhc.com
Aetna – contact provider relations to check eligibility
BCBS - contact provider relations to check eligibility
Humana - ICD10inquiries@humana.com