QualiTest Group, a global leader in quality assurance and software testing services announced today that with the upcoming transition from ICD-9 codes to ICD-10, it was selected by a National Healthcare Payer to provide Healthcare Testing Services and conduct ICD-10 testing.
There is general agreement that the upcoming CMS dictated conversion from ICD-9 to ICD-10 could have a dramatic, if not existential, effect on Healthcare Payers and Providers. With approximately five times as many CM and PCS codes in ICD-10 versus ICD-9, the amount of testing required to substantiate support of the new standard is daunting. Since a failure to handle the new ICD-10 codes across all systems in the billing process could cause an immediate freeze on the ability to collect payments, the stakes couldn’t be much higher.
The Payer sought a software testing company to assure the testing is done correctly; Advanced capabilities to deliver Healthcare IT testing services and specialized knowledge in government regulations such as HIPAA were required along with innovative software testing services and testing skills. After a thorough analysis of the Healthcare IT projects completed by QualiTest, QualiTest was selected and an experienced healthcare IT test lead was assigned to this project.
Once the development of an ICD-10 Master Test Plan was complete, the Lead established a team which included varying experience levels to work on site at the Customer’s offices. The QualiTest ICD-10 team is scheduled to complete testing in the 2nd Quarter of 2013.
“At QualiTest, we are proud to be a part of this complex and essential process. By providing these Healthcare Testing Services, we are able to mitigate our customer’s risk and assure a smooth transition to the new ICD-10 standards.” said Yaron Kottler, QualiTest US CEO. “The establishment of QualiTest’s long-term partnership with this national healthcare IT leader is a testament to our high-caliber healthcare IT verification capabilities and expert methodologies.”