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CMS Sets July 6 Deadline for Medicare Participating Physicians to Enroll in PECOS
Docs Who Delay Could be Dropped
Physicians who enrolled in Medicare before 2003, the year PECOS was implemented, and who have not updated their enrollment information since -- a process also known as "revalidating" -- are considered to not have a current Medicare enrollment record and are at risk of being dropped by their Medicare carriers.
If you have not updated your information, complete a CMS-855I form (29-page PDF; About PDFs), sign and date the form (blue ink is recommended), and mail the application -- along with any supporting documentation -- to your Medicare carrier or Part A/Part B Medicare administrative contractor. If you reassign benefits to a clinic or group practice other than your own, you'll also need to complete and submit a CMS-855R form (8-page PDF; About PDFs).
According to AAFP coding specialist Cynthia Hughes, C.P.C., it pays to be extra careful when completing your application to avoid having to resubmit missing or unclear information. "If you don't cross a 't' or dot an 'i,' the form is likely to be sent back to you," she says.
But that's not the end of the process, Hughes adds. To ensure that your application is received and processed in a timely fashion, "Keep following up," she recommends. "Make sure it's getting done; make sure it doesn't sit on somebody's desk for any reason."
Also know that the time it takes to process your request can vary from contractor to contractor, says Hughes. "Some are better than others," she warns. So physicians shouldn't put off starting the process.
To learn more about the physician revalidation process, consult the "Medicare Program Integrity Manual" (127-page PDF; About PDFs).
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