Updated on: September 23, 2013

The Lott QA Group Launches the ICD-10 National Testing Program

By Lott Group
Original story posted on: August 12, 2013

The Lott QA Group is pleased to announce the launch of the ICD-10 National Testing Program in support of the healthcare industry. ICD-10 is the biggest healthcare change ever to impact the healthcare since the implementation of ICD-9 in 1979.

Healthcare entities are now busy preparing their organizations to convert to the new ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS code set. The Lott QA Group has launched a testing solution the healthcare industry previously lacked—a process for internal and external testing using a collaborative, transparent, and asynchronous methodology to ensure that glitches are caught early and fixed before payments to providers are negatively affected on Oct. 1, 2014, the deadline for implementation.

As part of its early work in collaborative testing, the Lott QA Group supported two pilot programs with its methodology in collaboration with over 250 healthcare stakeholders.

Early findings include medical coders confusing the

letter “O” with the number “zero,” and forgetting to code medical procedures.

The ICD-10 National Testing Program (www.nationaltestingprogram.com) will take lessons learned from the pilot programs and will use this information to better guide hospitals, physician groups, health plans, clearinghouses, vendors, consultants and government in their testing.

It offers a better way to test their processes and systems using real clinical, medical records which is what everyone will use for production.

Organizations that must implement ICD-10 are invited to enroll in the National Testing Program to begin testing early without having to wait for their internal systems to be completely ready.

According to Mark Lott, CEO of the Lott QA Group, “ICD-10 is certainly testable and no one needs to panic if they take all the right steps to ensure that they are testing early and collaborating with each other. The ICD-10 National Testing Program offers a way for everyone to test efficiently, collaboratively and cost effectively. Testing for ICD-10 can be very costly if organizations do not select the correct methodology carefully,” he adds.

Information sessions on the ICD-10 National Testing Program are now available weekly. Interested organizations may go to www.nationaltestingprogram.com under the “Benefits” tab to participate for registration information. For more specific questions, organizations may send an email to .