icd-10 testing weekCMS announced in December that it would hold front end testing for ICD-10 this week, and we are pleased to say that HealthFusion has been testing ICD-10 claims with our ICD-10 ready software. We’re able to conduct testing because our MediTouch EHR software has been loaded with the ICD-10 code set and available for side-by-side coding with ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes since late 2013.

If you currently have an EHR that is not yet ICD-10 ready, then it will not be tested during this period.

According to a December 2013 WEDI survey, approximately 20% of vendors are halfway or less than halfway done with product development, down from one half in the previous survey.  Only 25% of vendors have EHR and practice management software that is ICD-10 ready, based on the survey responses.

Originally, CMS resisted calls for testing, but then announced in December that it would conduct front end testing this week.

Front-end testing will not confirm claim payment or produce remittance advice, according to Medicare contractor National Government Services, Inc.

While the healthcare industry welcomed the news that some testing would be done, stakeholders including the American Hospital Association, American Medical Association and Medical Group Management Association continued to apply intense pressure for end-to-end testing for ICD-10.

In response, CMS announced on Feb. 19 that it would be conducting “limited” end-to-end testing during the summer of 2014. CMS had previously awarded a contract “to develop a process and methodology for End-to-End testing of the Administrative Simplification Requirements” to National Government Services. The intent was to develop “an industry wide ‘Best Practice’ for End-to-End testing that lays the ground work for a more efficient and less time consuming method for health care provider testing of future standards, leading to more rapid adoption of the future standards,” says a statement on the CMS website.

According to an update issued by CMS on Feb. 20, 2014, “While the goal is a process that can be used across all Administrative Simplification Requirements, ICD-10 will be the test case used during the pilot.”

Results from this ICD-10 Testing Week will be used by HealthFusion to prepare for the end-to-end testing planned for summer 2014, as well as for any final adjustments (if any) for the ICD-10 deadline date of Oct. 1, 2014.

We will continue to keep you posted on this blog on the status of ICD-10 testing. But in the meantime, remember that MediTouch is ICD-10 ready and offers side-by-side coding with both ICD-9 and ICD-10. We encourage all practices to develop and implement plans for training staff and evaluating internal processes to insure a smooth transition to ICD-10

Learn more about ICD-10 code structure and participate in our monthly “Funniest ICD-10 Code Contest” on our website.