Medicare’s Electronic Submission of Medical Documentation (esMD) pilot project gives some providers a new mechanism for submitting medical documentation to review contractors. A list of review contractors that will accept esMD transactions can be found at http://go.usa.gov/kr4
on the Internet. The esMD pilot will begin in September of 2011. The primary intent of esMD is to reduce provider costs and cycle time by minimizing and eventually eliminating paper processing and mailing of medical documentation to review contractors. A secondary goal of esMD is to reduce costs and time at review contractors. In order to send medical documentation electronically to review contractors, Medicare providers, including physicians, hospitals, and suppliers, must obtain access to a CONNECT-compatible gateway.
You should know that esMD is completely voluntary. You may continue to mail or fax documentation to your review contractor.