One-Time Mailing of Solicitation Letter to Physicians and Non-Physician Practitioners Who Are Currently Enrolled in Medicare but Who Do Not Have Enrollment Records in the Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System
MLN Matters® Number: MM6842
Related Change Request (CR) #: 6842
Related CR Release Date: May 28, 2010
Effective Date: June 28, 2010
Related CR Transmittal #: R712OTN
Implementation Date: June 28, 2010
Provider Types Affected
Physicians and nonphysician practitioners who are currently enrolled in Medicare but who do not have an established enrollment record in PECOS are affected by this issue.
Provider Action Needed
Physicians (doctors of medicine or osteopathy, dental medicine, dental surgery, podiatric medicine, optometry, and chiropractic medicine), physician assistants, certified clinical nurse specialists, nurse practitioners, clinical psychologists, certified nurse midwives, or clinical social workers should establish and update a record in the Medicare Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS) if they do not already have a record in that system. This article, based on CR 6842, advises you that your Medicare contractor will be mailing the letter shown in the attachment to CR 6842 if you do not have a record in PECOS. The letter will request that you take the steps to establish such a record and will explain how to do so. It is important that you maintain your enrollment information to ensure you are eligible for future Medicare initiatives and incentives.
- Your information may not be current and updating your record in PECOS ensures payment accuracy for the services you provide to Medicare patients.
- It is possible that you may not be able to receive incentive payments from Medicare for meaningful use of certified electronic health records. These incentive payments are authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. More information on this initiative, also known as HITECH, is available at http://www.cms.gov/Recovery/11_HealthIT.asp on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Web site.
- Many physicians and nonphysician practitioners order items or services for Medicare beneficiaries. You need an approved enrollment record in PECOS to continue to refer or order items or services for your Medicare patients.
Use Internet-based PECOS to complete and send your enrollment application to the Medicare carrier or A/B MAC via the Internet. Before you begin, be sure you have a National Provider Identifier (NPI) and have created a User ID and password in the National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES). You will need the NPPES User ID and password in order to access Internet-based PECOS. If you need help creating an NPPES User ID and password, or if you are not sure you ever created them or cannot remember what they are, you may contact the NPI Enumerator for assistance at 800-465-3203. Visit http://www.cms.gov/MedicareProviderSupEnroll to read the documents that are available about Internet-based PECOS on the CMS Provider/Supplier Enrollment Web page. Having that information at hand before you access the system, could avoid the need to contact the CMS End User Services (EUS) Help Desk for assistance after you begin.
Fill out the appropriate paper Medicare provider enrollment application(s) (CMS-855I and, if appropriate, the CMS-855R as well) and mail the application(s), along with any required additional supplemental documentation, to the Medicare carrier or A/B MAC. These forms are downloadable from the CMS Provider/Supplier Enrollment Web page (shown above) or the CMS forms page http://www.cms.gov/cmsforms/cmsforms/list.asp on the CMS Web site.
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