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A total of around 89,000 providers have been sent revalidation notices so far, top CMS officials said in an open door call this afternoon (Oct. 27). That makes up about 6% of the 1.5 million providers who are impacted by the latest revalidation initiative. Those 89,000 letters were mailed by Medicare contractors in the last half of September, said Mark Majestic, a CMS official.

DecisionHealth stock imageWe report in the current issue of Part B News that you could get a revalidation notice from CMS this year, even for providers who already have recordsin the agency’s Provider Enrollment Chain Ownership System (PECOS).

Remember: CMS had previously said no providers with existing PECOS records would get revalidation notices until January 2012, when a big “wave” of notices would be sent out. The culprits are active provider transaction account numbers (PTANs), which cause the revalidations to be sent when they are on file with a Medicare contractor but not listed in a provider’s PECOS record, CMS has said. Now the agency has answered some questions about the PTAN and revalidation issue.

Image from You’ll have an easier time forking over your $505 Medicare enrollment fee thanks to CMS integrating its web-based Provider Enrollment Chain Ownership System (PECOS) into, the federal government’s national online payment portal. Remember:The $505 enrollment fee applies to institutional providers, suppliers of durable medical equipment/supplies and independent diagnostic testing facilities (IDTFs). Your physicians and non-physician practitioners must also pay the $505 if they provide DME, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies.

DecisionHealth stock imageYou will have to pony up $505 per provider to enroll them for Medicare billing privileges -- but only if you are an "institutional provider." This category basically refers to any provider who is enrolling to supply durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS). Most notably, physicians, non-physician practitioners (NPP) or groups of either that are not DMEPOS suppliers don't have to pay the fee.


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