The CMS and four healthcare industry organizations will conduct real-time testing of new transaction standards related to the switch to using ICD-10 codes.
The CMS will work with the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association to test the family of data transmission standards known as ASC X12 Version 5010, which are needed to carry the ICD-10 codes. The testing comes while HHS prepares to mandate providers' switch from submitting claims under the current ICD-9 diagnostic codes to ICD-10 codes by Oct. 1, 2011. The deadline to switch to using the 5010 transaction standards is April 1, 2010.
The project hopes to demonstrate that current standards testing and information technology certification processes are aligned with the 5010 standards, HIMSS said in a news release. The collaborators will present the project during the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprises 2009 North American Connectathon in Chicago next month. The event brings together vendors that demonstrate and test whether their health IT products are interoperable and foster information exchange across common standards.