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January 25, 2018

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New Specialty Codes for Cardiac Electrophysiology and Sports Medicine

November 26, 2010:

CMS established new codes for these two physician specialties to assist and expedite provider enrollment. As part of this process, physicians assign themselves a Medicare physician specialty code on the Medicare enrollment application (CMS-855I) or through the internet-based Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS) when they enroll in the Medicare program. The specific specialty code selected then becomes associated with any claims submitted by, or on behalf of, that provider. The specialty codes describe the particular type of medicine performed by the physician or nonphysician practitioner and are used by CMS for programmatic and claims processing purposes.

Physicians and billing staff should be aware of these new physician specialty codes and report them for new providers, as appropriate.


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