Physicians must sign up with Medicare’s Internet-based enrollment system by Jan. 3, 2011, 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.
In addition, physicians must have an enrollment record in the Internet-based system in order to receive a Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) incentive payment beginning next year. More information about the EHR incentive program is available online.
Medicare and its contractors are currently working through a backlog of enrollment applications because of the new Internet-based enrollment requirement, so ID physicians should check their Medicare enrollment status now, before the deadline, to make sure their status is up to date. Physicians should also discuss the issue with other physicians who often refer patients to them to avoid potential problems.
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.
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