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Internet-Based Medicare Enrollment Is Now Available

 
January 27, 2009:

Internet-Based Medicare Enrollment Is Now Available

It has never been easier to enroll in Medicare or change your enrollment information, thanks to a new, secure internet-based program. 

The program is called Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS). Physicians and nonphysician practitioners will also be able to view online the status of a Medicare enrollment application or their enrollment information on file with Medicare.

The program has now been expanded and includes 44 states and the District of Columbia. It is available for the following states:

Alabama

Indiana 

Missouri

Pennsylvania

Alaska

Iowa

Montana

Rhode Island

Arizona

Kansas

Nebraska

South Carolina

Arkansas

Kentucky

Nevada

South Dakota

Connecticut

Louisiana 

New Hampshire

Tennessee

Delaware

Maine 

New Jersey

Utah

Florida

Maryland

New York

Vermont

Georgia 

Massachusetts

North Carolina

Washington

Hawaii

Michigan

North Dakota

West Virginia

Idaho

Minnesota

Ohio

Wisconsin

Illinois

Mississippi 

Oregon

Wyoming

Providers in the above states who wish to take advantage of this new service may access it at: https://pecos.cms.hhs.gov

In the next two months the program will be expanded to include all 50 states. In the next year PECOS will be available to all providers and suppliers (except durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies [DMEPOS] suppliers). 

Using this new system for Medicare enrollment will decrease processing time by 50 percent when compared with paper enrollment processing time. Also, Medicare requires that certain changes in enrollment information be reported. This can be done through PECOS and again saves about 50 percent of the processing time. These changes include change in ownership, practice location, and medical license suspension or revocation. For more information about provider enrollment please see: www.cms.hhs.gov/MedicareProviderSupEnroll.

One word of caution—physicians and nonphysician practitioners are still required to sign and date the certification statement and mail the certification statement and all supporting paper documentation to the Medicare contractor. The PECOS enrollment application will not be processed without this. In addition, the effective date of filing an enrollment application is the date the Medicare contractor receives the signed certification statement that is associated with the Internet submission.
Additional information is at: www.cms.hhs.gov/MedicareProviderSupEnroll.

Nichole VanHorn
Clinical/Technical Editor

 

 
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