Home Health & Hospice Agencies Encouraged to Volunteer.

CMS sent the following notification out to Home Health and Hospice providers on May 8, 2015 regarding an extension to signing up for ICD-10 End-to-End testing. HEALTHCAREfirst is sharing for providers to be aware:

Final Opportunity to Volunteer for ICD-10 End-to-End Testing in July — Forms Accepted May 11 through 22

Deadline extended

During the week of July 20 through 24, 2015, a final sample group of providers will have the opportunity to participate in ICD-10 end-to-end testing with Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) and the Common Electronic Data Interchange (CEDI) contractor. CMS is accepting additional July volunteers from May 11 through 22, 2015. Don’t miss your chance to participate in end-to-end testing with Medicare prior to the October 1, 2015, implementation date.

Approximately 850 volunteer submitters will be selected to participate in the July end-to-end testing. This nationwide sample will yield meaningful results, since CMS intends to select volunteers representing a broad cross-section of provider, claim, and submitter types, including claims clearinghouses that submit claims for large numbers of providers. Note: Testers who are participating in the January and April end-to-end testing weeks are able to test again in July without re-applying.

To volunteer as a testing submitter:

  • Volunteer forms are available on your MAC website
  • Completed volunteer forms are due May 22
  • CMS will review applications and select additional July testers
  • The MACs and CEDI will notify the volunteers selected to test and provide them with the information needed for the testing by June 12

If selected, testers must be able to:

  • Submit future-dated claims
  • Provide valid National Provider Identifiers (NPIs), Provider Transaction Access Numbers (PTANs), and beneficiary Health Insurance Claim Numbers (HICNs) that will be used for test claims. This information will be needed by your MAC for set-up purposes by the deadline on your acceptance notice; testers will be dropped if information is not provided by the deadline

Any issues identified during testing will be addressed prior to ICD-10 implementation. Educational materials will be developed for providers and submitters based on the testing results.

For more information:

Keep Up to Date on ICD-10
Visit the CMS ICD-10 website for the latest news and resources to help you prepare.

For those providers that utilize one of HEALTHCAREfirst’s product lines, HEALTHCAREfirst has actively been submitting acknowledgement test claims and will also participate in End-to-End testing with several providers. In addition to the series of testing that HEALTHCAREfirst completes, some clients may desire to extensively prepare by submitting their own test claims. Those that choose to, can contact HEALTHCAREfirst customer support department for information on HEALTHCAREfirst’s ICD-10 readiness plan and creating test claims.