Are you ready for October 1, 2014? As most U.S. healthcare providers know, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will only accept claims that use ICD-10 codes after that date.
To make sure we’re all ready for this deadline, CMS and its Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) recently conducted National ICD-10 Testing Week. Because our Payerpath® solution submits claims to Medicare on behalf of our clients, we participated in the event.
We had some great results. Of the 1,852 test claims we submitted, 99% passed ICD-10 related edits. And 100% of our 96 test files got a positive acknowledgement of receipt. This is a great sign that Allscripts Payerpath solution is ready to help clients transition to ICD-10.
How the testing process worked
Participating clients submitted a small number of test Medicare claims to Payerpath, which contained valid ICD-10 and ICD-9 codes. Test claims included professional and institutional claim types, as well as Durable Medical Equipment (DME), Anesthesia and a variety of specialties.
Payerpath processed these claims in a test database, applied ICD-10 related edits and created ANSI 837 claim files. Payerpath then submitted designated test files directly to Medicare.
After receiving the test claim file, the MACs acknowledged successful receipt. Then it returned a report to confirm that the test batch was successfully processed along with the status of each claim: Accepted or Rejected. Rejected claims included the reason for rejection. Payerpath analyzed these reports and made changes to the system as needed.
At this time the CMS and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) only offer front-end testing. That means they’re just testing to make sure providers and clearinghouses can successfully submit claims meeting ICD-10 requirements into the MAC systems.
A more extended testing, called end-to-end testing, involves tracking a test claim through the entire process from submission, through adjudication, remittance and accurate payment. CMS will offer end-to-end testing July 21 – 25, 2014 and will involve more than 500 volunteer submitters for a statistically meaningful, nationwide sample of providers.
Given the lengthy approval process to be a volunteer tester, we’re moving forward with the organizations that participated in the front-end testing. They are in the best position for us to move quickly and have the best chance to be selected for testing.
During testing the Payerpath team learned that ICD-10 injury codes cannot be the primary diagnosis codes. This scenario imitates the injury/E-Code edits many payers already have in place for ICD-9. Payerpath will fix this issue in future versions.