Registration for April 2015 ICD-10 end-to-end testing now open
On October 1, 2015, all HIPAA covered entities MUST submit claims using ICD-10 codes. To help prepare for this transition, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is soliciting volunteers to conduct limited end-to-end testing with the MACs during the week of April 27-May 1, 2015. Fifty participants for each MAC will represent a broad cross-section of provider types, claims types, and submitter types. Those selected will be notified of the specific details regarding the test and who to contact for testing support by January 26, 2015.
To be considered for this testing effort, dermatology practices must complete carrier volunteer forms by January 21, 2015.
HHS sets Oct. 1, 2015 deadline for ICD-10 implementation
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a rule finalizing Oct. 1, 2015 as the new compliance date for healthcare providers, health plans, and health care clearinghouses to transition to ICD-10. The deadline was delayed to allow providers, insurance companies, and other stakeholders additional time to implement ICD-10, which restructures the diagnosis classification system with a significant increase in the number of codes, expanded code lengths, and narrative descriptions, allowing for greater granularity. Dermatology alone is moving from 9,000+ ICD-9 codes to more than 22,000 codes in ICD-10. For additional information about ICD-10, visit http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/ICD10/index.html.
ICD-10 External Testing Opportunities
United Healthcare - ICD10Questions@uhc.com
Aetna – contact provider relations to check eligibility
BCBS - contact provider relations to check eligibility
Humana - ICD10inquiries@humana.com