Colorado Medical Society

Federal CMS announces ICD-10 acknowledgement testing weeks

Friday, December 12, 2014 07:09 AM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is in the process of implementing ICD-10. All covered entities must be fully compliant on Oct. 1, 2015. CR8858 instructs all Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) and the Durable Medical Equipment MAC Common Electronic Data Interchange (CEDI) contractor to promote ICD-10 Acknowledgement Testing with trading partners during three separate testing weeks, and to collect data about the testing. The first testing week was held Nov. 17-21, and two additional weeks are scheduled:

While submitters may acknowledgement test ICD-10 claims at any time through implementation, the ICD-10 testing weeks have been created to generate awareness and interest, and to instill confidence in the provider community that the federal CMS and the MACs are ready and prepared for the ICD-10 implementation.

These testing weeks will allow trading partners access to MACs and CEDI for testing with real-time help desk support. The event will be conducted virtually and will be posted on the federal CMS website, the CEDI website and each MAC’s website.

Key points of the testing process:

For more information about acknowledgement testing, refer to the information on Novitas’s website,