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2) How To Start ICD-10 Testing

credit: CMS & HHS, 7.22.15

ICD-10 Preparation for Mental & Behavioral Health and Substance Usage Providers

"While ICD-10 is less than 75 days away, you still have time to get ready. But you must get ready now.


• Verify that you can use your ICD-10-ready systems to:
o Generate a claim
o Schedule an outpatient procedure
o Perform eligibility and benefits verification
o Prepare to submit quality data
o Schedule an office visit
o Update a patient’s history and problems
o Code a patient encounter

• To get started, map out your workflows to help you decide what to test. Test any system that stores, processes, sends, receives, or reports diagnosis code information.

• Test your systems and workflow processes using ICD-10 diagnosis codes. You can test:
o Inside your practice
o With vendors, clearinghouses, billing services, and health plans

• Focus on your highest-risk scenarios. For example, claims processing and the diagnoses you see most often.

• Involve financial and administrative staff

• Allow time to address any issues you uncover

• If you are participating in Medicare Fee-for-Service end-to-end testing this week, you can find additional information in these resources:
o MLN Matters SE1435 - End-to-End Testing FAQs
o MLN Matters SE1501 - Acknowledgement Testing and End-to-End Testing FAQs

To learn more about getting ready, visit the cms.gov/ICD10 for free resources including the Road to 10 tool designed especially for small and rural practices, but useful for all health care professionals.

Keep Up to Date on ICD-10

Visit the CMS ICD-10 website and Roadto10.org for the latest news and resources to help you prepare. Sign up for and CMS ICD-10 Industry Email Updates and follow us [CMS] on Twitter." (source: CMS)


1) Why Test Now?
2) How to Start Testing
3) ICD-10 Testing with Trading Partners
4) Types of Testing
5) ICD-10 Testing Tips


Leigh-Ann Renz is the Marketing & Business Development Director of PIMSY EHR and is very passionate about helping practices prepare for the upcoming ICD-10 transition. For more ICD-10 resources, especially geared towards mental / behavioral health, see our ICD-10 Resource Center. For information about electronic solutions for your practice, check out Mental Health EHR

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