The Center for Medicare Services (CMS) has recently instructed its Medicare Administrative Contractors (A/B MACs, HHH MACs, and DME MACs) to “implement an ICD-10 testing week with trading partners […] to be held on March 3rd through March 7th, 2014.”
While it is clear that much more comprehensive ICD-10 testing will be required, QualiTest commends this policy change and hopes this change reflects a sign of things to come. Tom Parnon, Director of Healthcare business development at QualiTest, added, “For many Healthcare providers, Medicare reflects a significant revenue source and while the risks are high, there seem to be more questions than answers. These questions relate to both ICD-10 testing as a whole and specifically to Medicare ICD-10 testing.”
A recent survey conducted by QualiTest in November 2013 indicateding that a large percentage of healthcare organizations have yet to commit or start an ICD-10 testing effort. Parnon said that many QualiTest customers who have begun their ICD-10 testing effort have “uncovered numerous unexpected internal and external challenges,” and that QualiTest “strongly recommends that Healthcare organizations take this opportunity to test with their MAC.”
Leveraging existing ICD-10 testing assets and relationships in the Healthcare Industry, QualiTest is now offering Free MAC testing service for healthcare providers. The QualiTest MAC testing service is targeted at enabling healthcare providers to prepare for, and participate in MAC testing held in the first week of March 2014. The QualiTest solution includes medical records coded in ICD-10 and the option to create valid EDI Claim files.