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MGMA Calls on CMS to Expand ICD-10 Testing

Susan Turney, MD, MS, FACP, FACMPE, president and CEO of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), says “We are pleased to see the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has heeded MGMA’s recommendation and reversed its policy, and will initiate “end-to end” testing of Medicare claims using the new ICD-10 diagnostic codes. MGMA urges CMS, however, to expand the scope of this testing approach to include any provider who wishes to test with them, as well as quickly disseminating results from all Medicare and Medicaid testing efforts. This more robust testing is imperative to identify potential operational problems similar to what was experienced with the rollout of healthcare.gov. At the same time, it will help to decrease the potential of catastrophic cash flow disruption that could impact the ability of practices to treat patients. MGMA recommends physician practices continue to prepare for the transition to ICD-10 and provides tools and resources to assist members meet this complex challenge.”

Source: The Medical Group Management Association