"They are acutely aware that though the ICD-10 mandate was under President Bush's watch, this is going to be seen as an extension, rightly or wrongly, of President Obama's policies," he says. "It is incumbent upon CMS to take every step possible to ensure that the transition, if it goes forward, is a successful one. Right now the first thing they can do is begin to test."
Topping a list of recommendations, MGMA called on CMS to expand the existing Medicare front-end testing week in March 2014 to permit complete end-to-end testing with any willing physician practice.
"This testing should include return of the remittance advice to allow practices to clearly determine how ICD-10 will impact their reimbursement rates," Turney said. "If you are unable to provide testing services for all willing providers, we urge you to conduct end-to-end testing with a sufficient number and breadth of specialties to facilitate the identification of the most common claim adjudication issues."