5010 national testing days announced

With six months to go before the HIPAA 5010 electronic claims submissions compliance date, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have announced two 5010 national testing days.

On June 15 and Aug. 24, all HIPAA-covered entities – physicians, insurers, pharmacies, hospitals and others – can test their compliance efforts with enough time to discover and work out the kinks. During each testing day, testers will have access to real-time help desk support and immediate access to Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs).

See also: Medical groups not prepared for HIPAA 5010 compliance.)

Even though two national testing days are on offer, CMS encourages Medicare Fee-for-Service trading partners to contact their MACs to organize their own testing. Successful testing is required before a trading partner may be placed into production, noted CMS’ letter announcing the national 5010 testing days.

[See also: Top 5 HIPAA 5010, ICD-10 hurdles.]

More details about transactions and state Medicaid agencies participating in the national testing days are to come.