Are you ready for ICD-10 deadlines?

Don’t worry because the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have extended ICD-10 testing deadline to January 21, 2015.

The ICD-10 compliance date for all providers is October 1, 2015. Do you need help preparing your practice for upcoming HIPAA, Medicare or Medicaid deadlines?

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Interested healthcare providers have until January 21, 2015 to apply for ICD-10 end-to-end testing.

Volunteer forms must be completed and submitted by January 21, 2015.

The application.

Healthcare providers who want to volunteer for ICD-10 testing must:

  1. Submit future-dated claims;
  2. Provide valid National Provider Identifiers (NPIs);
  3. Provide valid Provider Transaction Access Numbers (PTANs); and
  4. Provide valid beneficiary Health Insurance Claim Numbers (HICNs).

The above information will be used for test claims.

Volunteer forms are available on Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) websites. We help our clients fill out the appropriate forms, and prepare for CMS testing.

CMS will review applications and select test participants by February 13, 2015.

Selected volunteers will be notified and given further information regarding the testing.

If you’re not selected this time, don’t worry…

Another round of end-to-end testing will occur July 20 – 24, 2015.

What’s the purpose?

CMS said they will use the findings from the tests in ICD-10 educational material.

Remember, the transition to ICD-10 is required for everyone covered by HIPAA. We help our clients stay compliant with all aspects of HIPAA, and we prepare them for deadlines well in advance.

However, the change to ICD-10 does not affect CPT coding for outpatient procedures and physician services.

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