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ICD-10 Limited End to End Testing with Submitters Noridian/Medicare

ICD-10 Limited End to End Testing with Submitters

MLN Matters® Number: MM8602
Related CR Release Date: February 21, 2014
Related CR Transmittal #: R1352OTN
Related Change Request (CR) #: CR8602
Effective Date: July 7, 2014
Implementation Date: July 7, 2014

Provider Types Affected
This MLN Matters® Article is intended for physicians, other providers, and suppliers who submit claims to Medicare Claims Administration Contractors (Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractors (DME MACs), A/B Medicare Administrative Contractors (A/B MACs), and/or Home Health and Hospices (HH & H MACs) for services provided to Medicare beneficiaries.

What You Need to Know
This article is based on Change Request (CR) 8602 which instructs providers and clearinghouses on how to volunteer to be chosen for ICD-10 End to End testing with Medicare in July 2014. Potential testers must complete the volunteer form on the MAC website by March 24, 2014.

The International Classification of Disease, Tenth Revision, (ICD-10) must be implemented by October 1, 2014. While system changes to implement this project have been completed and tested in previous releases, the industry has requested the opportunity to test with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
Change Request (CR) 8602 will allow for a small subset of Medicare claims submitters to test with MACs and the Common Electronic Data Interchange (CEDI) contractor to demonstrate that CMS systems are ready for the ICD-10 implementation. This additional testing effort will further ensure a successful transition to ICD-10.
To facilitate this testing, CR8602 requires MACs to do the following:
  • Conduct a limited end to end testing with submitters in July 2014. Test claims will be submitted July 21-25, 2014.
  • Each MAC (and CEDI with assistance from DME MACs) will select 32 submitters to participate in the end-to-end testing. The Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) contractor will select 16 submitters.) Testers will be selected randomly from a list of volunteers. At least five, but not more than ten of the testers will be a clearinghouse, and submitters should be a mix of provider types.
  • By March 7, 2014, the MACs and CEDI will post a volunteer form to their website to collect volunteer information with which to select volunteers. The form will provide information to verify that volunteers are ready to test, meet the requirements to test, and collect needed data about the tester (how they submit claims, what type of claims will be tested, etc.). Volunteers must submit the completed forms to the MACs and CEDI by March 24, 2014.
  • By April 14, 2014, the MACs and CEDI (for the DME MACs) will notify the volunteers that they have been selected to test and provide them with the information needed for the testing, such as:
    • How to submit test claims (for example, what test indicators should be set);
    • What dates of service may be used for testing;
    • How many claims may be submitted for testing (Test claims volume is limited to a total of 50 claims for the entire testing week, submitted in no more than three files);
    • Request for National Provider Identifiers (NPIs) and Health Insurance Claim Numbers (HICNs) that will be used in testing (no more than 5 NPIs and 10 HICNs per submitter);
    • Notice that if more than 50 claims are submitted, they may not be processed;
    • Notice that claims submitted with NPIs or HICNs not previously submitted for testing, likely will not be completed; and
    • Notice of potential Protected Health Information (PHI) on test remittances not submitted (and instructions to report PHI found to the MAC).
    • MACs and CEDI (for the DME MACs) will collect information from the selected test volunteers to request the HICNs, NPIs, and Provider Transaction Access Numbers (PTANs) the testers will use during the testing. The forms for this information must be completed and returned to the MAC/CEDI by May 2, 2014. If these forms are not returned by May 2, the tester may lose the opportunity to test.
    • CEDI will instruct suppliers to submit claims with ICD-10 codes with Dates of Service (DOS) 10/1/2014 through 10/15/2014. They may also submit claims with ICD-9 codes with DOS before 10/1/2014.
    • MACs will instruct testers to submit test claims with ICD-10 codes with DOS on or after 10/1/2014. They may also submit test claims with ICD-9 codes with DOS before 10/1/2014.
    • MACs and CEDI will be prepared to support increased call volume from testers during the testing window, and up to 2 weeks following the receipt of the Electronic Remittance Advices (ERAs) from testing. MACs and CEDI will provide information to the testers on who to contact for testing questions. There may be separate contacts for front end questions and remittance questions.
    • MACs will post an announcement about the testing to their websites.
Additional Information
The official instruction, CR 8602, issued to your MAC regarding this change may be viewed at This link will take you to an external website. on the CMS website.
Last Updated Mar 10, 2014

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