Physicians must sign up with Medicare’s Internet-based enrollment system by July 6, 2010, or risk having their claims rejected. Claims submitted not only by referring physicians but also those of consulting physicians may be denied if the referring physician is not enrolled.
ID physicians should check their Medicare enrollment status to make sure it is up to date. Physicians should also discuss the issue with other physicians who often refer patients to them. To learn more, visit the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)’s website. The American Medical Association (AMA) also provides information about the Medicare enrollment process for providers on its website.
Medicare has postponed the deadline before, and could do so again, but as of June 30, the July 6 deadline still stands.
Editor’s Note: Just as IDSA News was being posted, CMS announced that the agency is reviewing this policy and will NOT automatically reject claims for the time being. Physicians are advised to enroll soon or risk having their claims rejected in the future.
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