The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will delay its requirement that Medicare contractors automatically reject claims for health services, durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies, and certain other items and services based on orders or certifications from physicians and other eligible professionals who are not enrolled in the Medicare Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS). The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act permits only Medicare-enrolled providers to certify or order such items and services under Medicare Part B. CMS issued an Interim Final Rule in May 2010 that would have allowed Medicare contractors to automatically reject, starting on July 6, 2010, claims based on orders from providers not enrolled in PECOS. Due to providers’ reports of problems with enrollment, however, CMS will delay the automatic rejection procedures. Other provisions of the regulations will go into effect on July 6, 2010. Providers should not see any change in the processing of submitted claims until the automatic rejection procedures are operational.
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