ICD-10 Testing: CMS seeks input on defining end-to-end testing

Carl Natale
by Carl Natale

To avoid the problems encountered during the HIPAA 5010 transaction, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is developing a comprehensive end-to-end testing program for the ICD-10 transition. The Healthcare Billing & Management Association (HBMA) got the ball rolling by defiining key concepts such as ICD-10 readiness and ICD-10 compliance.

These concepts apply to more than just ICD-10 testing. The scope is broad enough to cover transaction standards, operating rules, code sets, identifiers and other administrative simplification requirements.

Now CMS seeks input from healthcare organizations on those definitions through a series of CMS-sponsored listening sessions. They are scheduled Jan. 3-15:

To participate, dial 877-267-1577 and enter meeting ID 4224. No password is required.

This seems to be a different initiative from the ICD-10 National Pilot Program. But it's easy to see how the work here can help develop the pilot program.