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Updates from the Medicare Contractor: NGS

National Government Services (NGS), New York’s Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC), has recently posted the following information to its website.

ICD-10 Acknowledgement Testing to Resume July 27

NGS will resume ICD-10 acknowledgement testing beginning Monday, July 27, 2015 and continue through the implementation of ICD-10 this fall. Registration is not required for acknowledgement testing.

Submitters need to make sure that all test files have a “T” in the ISA15 field for Test files. The following is what providers can expect during testing:

  • Test claims with ICD-10 diagnosis codes must be submitted with current dates of service since testing does not support future dated claims.
  • Test claims will receive the TRN, 999 and 277CA acknowledgements as appropriate, to confirm if the claim would be accepted or rejected in the system.
  • Testing will not confirm claim payment or produce remittance advice.

NGS’s Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Help Desk is available Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer any questions regarding ICD-10 Testing and can be reached for J6 providers at: (877) 273-4334.

Certifying Home Health Care Webinar

On Monday, August 3, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. NGS staff will conduct a webinar designed to provide a greater understanding of patient/beneficiary eligibility, face-to-face encounters and certification requirements.

NGS requires providers to register for all education sessions through its website at: . When asked “Who You Are,” HCA members should choose the “HHA” for Home Health & Hospice from the drop box and then select New York State and finally click on “Accept.” Once at the home health and hospice page, click on the “Education” tab at the top, then the “Webinars, Teleconference and Events” tab to find this August 3 program.

For further information, contact Patrick Conole at (518) 810-0661 or