In an apparent nod to concerns raised by physicians, payers, hospitals and Congress, the federal government said Wednesday that it would conduct limited "end-to-end testing" of the new ICD-10 diagnostic coding set this summer with "a small sample group of providers."
"End-to-end testing includes the submission of test claims to [the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services] with ICD-10 codes and the provider's receipt of a Remittance Advice (RA) that explains the adjudication of the claims. The small sample group of providers who participate in end-to-end testing will be selected to represent a broad cross-section of provider types, claims types, and submitter types," CMS said in a memo to providers.
The goal of the end-to-end testing is to demonstrate that:
Details about the end-to-end testing process will be disseminated "at a later date," CMS said.