Make pay­ers pro­vide test­ing

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

I think that no mat­ter when they man­date im­ple­men­ta­tion of ICD-10, all pay­ers should be re­quired to pro­vide end-to-end test­ing at least three to six months prior to the im­ple­men­ta­tion date. Providers should not be left in the dark con­cern­ing when and/or if they will be re­im­bursed for ser­vices ren­dered. Since billing and cod­ing poli­cies and guide­lines vary from payer to payer, it is com­pletely un­fair to re­quire that providers just be­gin billing with­out know­ing what the pay­ers will ul­ti­mately re­quire for ICD-10 claim sub­mis­sion.

Theresa Wil­son

But­ler, N.J.

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