CMS’ Recent ICD-10 Acknowledgement Testing Nets High Acceptance Rate | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

CMS’ Recent ICD-10 Acknowledgement Testing Nets High Acceptance Rate

December 24, 2014
by Gabriel Perna
| Reprints
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently conducted ICD-10 acknowledgement testing and accepted 76 percent of claims submitted.
Acknowledgement testing is the most basic level of testing for ICD-10. It determines simply whether or not a payer information system can accept ICD-10 claims. In this scenario, CMS verifies whether test claims had a valid diagnosis code that matched the date of service, a National Provider Identifier (NPI) that was valid for the submitter ID used for testing, and an ICD-10 companion qualifier code to allow for processing of claims. CMS has said it will conduct more thorough end-to-end tests, which determines whether or not a claim has gone through to the payer and back to the provider, in 2015. It will also do more acknowledgement testing. 
The latest round of acknowledgement testing included 13,700 claims submitted from more than 500 providers, suppliers, billing companies, and clearinghouses. The acceptance rate improved as the week went on, with Friday’s rate reaching 87 percent. 
ICD-10 has become a battleground for many in health IT and healthcare. Medical groups, such as the American Medical Association, are pushing for another delay to the compliance deadline. Recently, they tried to get that delay included in the Congressional spending bill. Others, like the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) have fought back and aimed to keep the compliance date on track. 

Get the latest information on ICD10 and attend other valuable sessions at this two-day Summit providing healthcare leaders with educational content, insightful debate and dialogue on the future of healthcare and technology.

Learn More



NewYork-Presbyterian, Walgreens Partner on Telemedicine Initiative

NewYork-Presbyterian and Walgreens are collaborating to bring expanded access to NewYork-Presbyterian’s healthcare through new telemedicine services, the two organizations announced this week.

ONC Releases Patient Demographic Data Quality Framework

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) developed a framework to help health systems, large practices, health information exchanges and payers to improve their patient demographic data quality.

AMIA, Pew Urge Congress to Ensure ONC has Funding to Implement Cures Provisions

The Pew Charitable Trusts and the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) have sent a letter to congressional appropriators urging them to ensure that ONC has adequate funding to implement certain 21st Century Cures Act provisions.

Former Michigan Governor to Serve as Chair of DRIVE Health

Former Michigan Governor John Engler will serve as chair of the DRIVE Health Initiative, a campaign aimed at accelerating the U.S. health system's transition to value-based care.

NJ Medical Group Launches Statewide HIE, OneHealth New Jersey

The Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) recently launched OneHealth New Jersey, a statewide health information exchange (HIE) that is now live.

Survey: 70% of Providers Using Off-Premises Computing for Some Applications

A survey conducted by KLAS Research found that 70 percent of healthcare organizations have moved at least some applications or IT infrastructure off-premises.