Jan. 17 — Insights from large and small providers as well as vendors and payers will be used to define best practices for end-to-end testing of ICD-10 that could be used by hospitals and health systems across the country.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) invites large and small providers to participate in two listening sessions hosted by National Government Services (NGS) on this topic. Sessions for small providers—organizations with fewer than 100 employees—will take place Thurs., Jan. 24, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. EST. Sessions for large providers (more than 100 employees) will take place Tues., Jan. 29, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. EST.
Vendors are invited to participate in sessions on Thurs., Jan. 31, while payers are invited to participate in sessions on Wed., Jan. 23, and Tues., Feb. 5.
End-to-end testing of ICD-10 with trading partners is essential to ensure compliance with the requirements adopted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and to ensure the uninterrupted flow of transactions with trading partners.
Based on feedback received from the industry so far during sessions such as these, CMS and NGS have revised proposed definitions of key terms related to ICD-10.
End-to-end testing. A focused process within a defined area, using new or revised applicable products, operating rules or transactions, throughout the entire business and/or clinical exchange cycle, for the purpose of measuring operational predictability and readiness. The end-to-end testing process should be performed in an environment which mirrors actual production as closely as possible, confirming the validation of performance metrics and analytics (reporting).
Readiness. A state of preparedness in which an entity has completed verification and validation of applicable policies, procedures, guidelines, laws, regulations, and contractual arrangements with expected results. Additionally, entities will demonstrate readiness by completing internal documentation, establishing communication mechanisms and validation with external trading partners, training appropriate personnel, scheduling deployments, and migrating software for each regulatory requirement.
Compliance. A demonstrated adherence to those policies, procedures, guidelines, laws, and regulations to which the business process is subject in advance of, by, and continued support after, the regulatory implementation date.
To learn more, visit the end-to-end testing page on the CMS website.
Publication Date: Thursday, January 17, 2013