Note: Congress has passed legislation to delay ICD-10 implementation until October 1, 2015. Read the full story here.

In preparation for the October 1, 2014, transition to ICD-10, Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) and the Common Electronic Data Interchange (CEDI) will conduct end-to-end testing of the new code set during the week of July 21–25. This testing week will ensure that:

  • Providers and claim submitters can successfully submit ICD-10 codes to the Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS) claim systems.
  • Medicare’s software can properly process claims containing ICD-10 codes.
  • Remittance Advices accurately reflect 2014 payment rates.

CMS will select more than 500 volunteers to participate in its end-to-end testing week. These volunteers will represent a variety of regions and provider, claim, and submitter types, including clearinghouses (which represent many different providers).

If you would like to volunteer to participate in this testing week, you must fill out the volunteer form on your local MAC website by March 24, 2014. After CMS reviews the volunteer applications and selects its final test group, the MACs and CEDI will notify all participants by April 14 and provide them with all the information they need to successfully complete their testing.

In an effort to ensure complete readiness prior to the transition date, CMS will use the data collected during the testing week to address any lingering ICD-10 issues and develop appropriate educational materials.

For more information, check out the MLN Matters fact sheets found here and here.