EHR and practice management for mental / behavioral health

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:

  • Generate a claim
  • Schedule an outpatient procedure
  • Perform eligibility and benefits verification
  • Prepare to submit quality data
  • Schedule an office visit
  • Update a patient’s history and problems
  • 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:
  • Inside your practice
  • 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:

  • MLN Matters SE1435 – End-to-End Testing FAQs
  • MLN Matters SE1501 – Acknowledgement Testing and End-to-End Testing FAQs

To learn more about getting ready, visit the 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 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. For more information about electronic solutions for your practice, check out Behavioral Health EHR

 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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