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CMS Finds ICD-10 Testing Successful

Industry News | Healthcare Advice

The following excerpt is from an article on EHR Intelligence. It was written by Vera Gruessner.

ICD-10 TestingMarilyn Tavenner, Administrator at the Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services (CMS), announced today that the organization recently finished the first week of end-to-end testing for ICD-10 coding.

The Results of End-to-End Testing for ICD-10 Coding

The ICD-10 testing week took place between January 26 to February 3 and included Medicare Fee-for-Service providers, billing sites, and clearinghouses. All in all, it was a successful week of testing, poising the US healthcare industry at an advantage when transitioning to ICD-10 coding in the near future.

While ICD-10 integration has taken place in most other countries, the United States has yet to incorporate ICD-10 compliance in its healthcare industry. Tavenner goes on to explain that ICD-10 codes provide much more accuracy and specificity for physicians, which means data capture is greater and doctors would be able to learn more about the conditions afflicting their patients. The current ICD-9 coding is more than 35 years old and does not have the same room to expand diagnostic codes as ICD-10.

The current deadline for implementing ICD-10 coding in the United States is October 1, 2015. The end-to-end ICD-10 testing results stem from approximately 15,000 test claims submitted by 660 healthcare providers. Out of all these test claims, 81 percent were accepted.

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