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Friday Oct 18, 2013

New Medicare enrollment revalidation phase begins this month

This month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin the next phase of Medicare revalidation, which will last until the spring of 2015.

This phase will affect physicians at group practices of 200 or more members who reassign their Medicare billing rights to the group and who enrolled or revalidated before March 25, 2011. Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) will mail a notification letter to these organizations to alert them that the MAC will send revalidation requests for specific physicians within 60 days. The letter will be mailed to the group’s correspondence address and will contain a spreadsheet with the affected physicians’ names, national provider identifiers, and specialties. This initial letter is an alert, and practices should wait to receive the formal request to revalidate the enrollment for a particular physician. A sample of the letter is available online(www.mgma.com) through MGMA.

If you receive notification from your MAC to revalidate:

•    Update your enrollment through Internet-based Provider Enrollment, Chain, and Ownership System or complete the appropriate 855 application form;
•    Sign the certification statement on the application;
•    If applicable, pay your fee online(pecos.cms.hhs.gov), and
•    Mail your supporting documents and certification statement to your MAC.

Failure to submit the enrollment forms as requested may result in your Medicare billing privileges being deactivated.

Note that the Medicare provider enrollment revalidation effort does not change other aspects of the Medicare enrollment process. You should continue to submit routine changes – address updates, reassignments, additions to practices, changes in authorized officials, information updates, etc. – as you always have. If you also receive a request for revalidation from the MAC as an individual, respond separately to that request.

For more information, please see Medicare Learning Network Matters article SE1126(www.cms.gov) on the CMS web site.

– Kent Moore, Senior Strategist for Physician Payment for the American Academy of Family Physicians

Posted at 01:56PM Oct 18, 2013 by David Twiddy

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