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AHA urges CMS to begin ICD-10 testing by January

November 22, 2013

The AHA yesterday urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to ensure that Medicare contractors and state Medicaid agencies begin end-to-ending testing of ICD-10 electronic transactions and claims adjudications by January “so that hospitals and other health care providers can be confident that all parties will be ready on Oct. 1, 2014.” That’s the deadline for hospitals and other entities covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act to transition to the ICD-10 coding system for medical diagnoses and inpatient procedures. “It is essential that all testing be completed by the end of June so that providers, payers and clearinghouses can resolve any issues discovered during testing and complete training well in advance of the Oct. 1, 2014 transition date,” wrote Linda Fishman, AHA senior vice president of public policy analysis and development. AHA also urged the agency to “allow for and provide the same opportunity for small hospitals to test with your contractors as larger facilities.”