Participate in ICD-10 test week, March 2-6

Participate in ICD-10 test week, March 2-6

Take advantage of a priceless chance to practice ICD-10-CM coding ahead of the Oct. 1, 2015, compliance date with a dedicated testing week designed to help doctors know where they stand.

Get a yes/no answer about whether a sample claim would be accepted.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is offering an ICD-10 acknowledgement testing week, March 2-6, that essentially provides doctors with a yes/no answer to whether or not a sample claim would be accepted.

Any provider who submits electronic Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) claims is eligible for participation, and no registration is required. Contact your local Medicare Administrative Contractor for more information about participation.

The two previous acknowledgement testing weeks—in March and November 2014—saw more than 3,100 providers, suppliers, billing companies and clearinghouses participate with more than 140,000 test claims submitted. Nationally, CMS accepted about 82 percent of those test claims. Normal FFS claims acceptance rates average between 95 and 98 percent, according to CMS.

If providers are unable to participate in next week's acknowledgement testing, another is scheduled for June 1-5, 2015. Providers also are welcome to submit acknowledgement test claims anytime up to the ICD-10 compliance deadline.

Testing tips from CMS
Thinking about participating in the acknowledgement testing week? Here are several tips CMS suggests for providers:

  • Make sure test files have the "T" in the ISA15 field to indicate a test

  • Send ICD-10 coded test claims that closely resemble the claims you currently submit

  • Use valid submitter ID, National Provider Identifiers and Provider Transaction Access Number combinations

  • Use current dates of service on test claims; future dates will be rejected

  • Test claims will receive the 277CA or 999 acknowledgement as appropriate to confirm the claim's status

Member resources available for ICD-10 compliance
Available now through AOA Marketplace at reduced member-exclusive pricing, the 2015 Coding Bundle is a necessary addition to any practice's coding resources with a packaged deal that includes the 2015 AOA ICD-10 Codes for Optometry Book, the 2015 American Medical Association Professional Edition CPT Book, and the bonus AOA Express Mapping Card ICD-10-CM. The 2015 Codes for Optometry is also available in a digital-only format.

Members also can access these ICD-10 resources to help prepare for compliance, including:

Read more about the ICD-10 transition and how colleagues are preparing to meet compliance in the May 2014 edition of AOA Focus.

February 26, 2015

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