Medicare Enrollment Guidance for Physicians that Infrequently Receive Reimbursement from the Medicare Program

Traditionally, most physicians have enrolled in the Medicare program to furnish covered services to Medicare beneficiaries. However, with the implementation of Section 6405 of the Affordable Care Act, some physicians will need to enroll in the Medicare program for the sole purpose of certifying or ordering services for Medicare beneficiaries.

In the process of implementing the provisions contained in the Affordable Care Act, CMS has become aware of several unique enrollment issues for certain types of physicians or practitioners. Specifically, CMS modified the process of enrollment to accommodate the special circumstances of the following individual physicians and practitioners:

Physicians employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs
Physicians employed by the Public Health Service
Physicians employed by the Department of Defense Tricare program
Physicians employed by Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) or Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs)
Physicians in a Fellowship
Dentists, including oral surgeons

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