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Expansion of the Current Scope of Editing for Ordering/Referring Providers for claims processed by Medicare Carriers and Part B Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs)

This article was revised on December 11, 2009 to reflect an extension of phase 1 and a delay in implementing phase 2 of CR 6417. All other information remains the same.

During Phase 1 (October 5, 2009-April 4, 2010):

If the ordering/referring provider is on the claim, Medicare will verify that the ordering/referring provider is in PECOS and is eligible to order/refer in Medicare. If the ordering/referring provider is not in PECOS the carrier or Part B MAC will search its claims system for the ordering/referring provider. If the ordering/referring provider is not in PECOS and is not in the claims system, the claim will continue to process and the Part B provider or supplier will receive a warning message on the Remittance Advice. If the ordering/referring provider is in PECOS or the claims system but is not of the specialty to order or refer, the claim will continue to process and the Part B provider or supplier will receive a warning message on the Remittance Advice.

During Phase 2, (April 5, 2010 and thereafter):

If the billed item or service requires an ordering/referring provider and the ordering/referring provider is not in the claim, the claim will not be paid. It will be rejected. If the ordering/referring provider is on the claim, Medicare will verify that the ordering/referring provider is in PECOS and eligible to order and refer. If the ordering/referring provider is not in PECOS, the carrier or Part B MAC will search its claims system for the ordering/referring provider. If the ordering/referring provider is not in PECOS and is not in the claims system, the claim will not be paid. It will be rejected. If the ordering/referring provider is in PECOS or the claims system but is not of the specialty to order or refer, the claim will not be paid. It will be rejected.


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