CMS is updating edit criteria related to the timely filing limits for submitting claims for Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) reimbursement. As a result of the PPACA, claims with dates of service on or after January 1, 2010 received later than one calendar year beyond the date of service will be denied by Medicare.
Medicare contractors are adjusting (as necessary) their relevant system edits to ensure that:
- Claims with dates of service prior to October 1, 2009 will be subject to pre-PPACA timely filing rules and associated edits;
- Claims with dates of service October 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009 received after December 31, 2010 will be denied as being past the timely filing deadline and;
- Claims with dates of service January 1, 2010 and later received more than 1 calendar year beyond the date of service will be denied as being past the timely filing deadline.