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CMS Announces National ICD-10 Testing Week March 3-7.

Jennifer Kirchner | March 2014

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a national testing week from March 3 through March 7, 2014 for current direct submitters (providers and clearinghouses) to help prepare for the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 code sets.

Virtual testing will allow access to the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) and Common Electronic Data Interchange (CEDI) for testing with real-time help desk support.  Registration information is available through the MACs’ websites.

CMS provided the following tips regarding the testing:

  • Test claims with ICD-10 codes must be submitted with current dates of service (i.e., October 1, 2013 through March 3, 2014), since testing does not support future dated claims.
  • Test claims will receive the 277CA or 999 acknowledgement as appropriate, to confirm that the claim was accepted or rejected in the system.
  • Testing will not confirm claim payment or produce remittance advice.
  • MACs and CEDI will be staffed to handle increased call volume during this week.

The MLN Connects article regarding the ICD-10 testing week is available at:

The following MLN Connects articles provide more information regarding the ICD-10 testing:

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.  “Register for ICD-10 Testing Week.”  MLN Connects Weekly Provider eNews.  27 Feb. 2014.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. “ICD-10 Testing with Providers through the Common Edits and Enhancements Module (CEM) and Common Electronic Data Interchange (CEDI).”  MLN Matters Article: MM8465.  31 Dec. 2013.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. “Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS) ICD-10 Testing Approach.”  MLN Matters Article: SE1409, Revised.  27 Feb. 2014

About the Author

Jennifer Kirchner is a licensed attorney in Illinois and Wisconsin. Ms. Kirchner has expertise in assessing provider compliance with the Anti-Kickback Statute, Stark Law, the False Claims Act, HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules and clinical research laws and regulations.