CMS and contractor National Government Services (NGS) have updated end-to-end testing checklists to incorporate comments from providers, payers, and vendors. The checklists were developed and refined as part of an end-to-end testing project that uses ICD-10 as a business case. The project goal is to develop an industry-wide best practice for end-to-end testing that lays the groundwork for a more efficient and faster method for health care provider testing of future standards. More efficient testing will enable providers to adopt future standards more rapidly.
Additionally, the goals of the pilot are:
- To develop and implement a process and methodology for End-To-End testing of the transaction standards, operating rules, code sets, identifiers, and other Administrative Simplification requirements adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) based on industry feedback and participation.
- To develop an industry wide Best Practice for End-to-End Testing that lays the ground work for a more efficient and less time consuming method for health care provider testing of future standards, leading to more rapid adoption of the future standards.
- Phase I Business and Gap Analysis started on September 24, 2012 and will run through December 21, 2012 (Completed)
- Phase II - Development of Pilot Testing started on December 10, 2012 and will run through June 27, 2013 (approximately six months)*
- The planned start date for Phase III - Implementation and Quality Assurance is July 1, 2013, and will run through September 23, 2013 (approximately three months)*
*Actual dates are subject to change during detailed schedule development
The updated checklists are available on the CMS Administrative Simplification end-to-end testing page.
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