By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law
We constantly receive calls from physicians and other Medicare providers who have had their Medicare billing privileges terminated or revoked because their address information is not up to date or is incomplete. You must include a physical address at which your business operates so that if the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC), the Zone Program Integrity Contractor (ZPIC), or the Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) attempts a site visit, they can find you and complete the site visit. Having the incorrect city or suite listed, leaving out a suite number, having a locked entranceway or gate so that the auditors cannot get in, have all been results to revocation of Medicare billing privileges. This can have devastating results to the business.
Many times the physicians or other Medicare Providers have recently relocated and the records have not been updated yet. Sometimes, a post office box or other address is used instead of an actual physical address. Often moving from one hospital to a different hospital leaves your information listed incorrectly. Sometimes the street address is not complete or is incorrect. Sometimes it is just a matter of a typographical error being made by whoever enters your addresses.
Just having a letter returned to the contractor because of an incorrect address can initiate this action. You will be held individually responsible, regardless of this, even if you use an independent contractor or someone else to make your Medicare filings and keep them up to date.
The basis for the revocation is 42 CFR424.535(a)(5) and 424.535(a)(9) Medicare Provider is considered to be non-operational at the practice location on record with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
You can easily check your own information to be sure it is correct, and you should do so. Your addresses should be located online in the Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS). Visit the website by clicking here. For more information, click here.
You can also check online at the National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES) by clicking here.
Do this now!
If you receive a letter or any other indication that your Medicare billing privileges have been revoked or terminated, you must act immediately. Contact an experienced health lawyer to assist you immediately. Don’t wait, you will regret it if you do.
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About the Author: George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law is an attorney with The Health Law Firm, which has a national practice. Its main office is in the Orlando, Florida, area. http://www.TheHealthLawFirm.com The Health Law Firm, 1101 Douglas Avenue, Altamonte Springs, Florida 32714, Phone: (407) 331-6620.
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