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Medicare Contracting Changes

Medicare Contracting Changes

When billing to Medicare, expect some medical reimbursement delays in the upcoming years. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is currently reforming contractor workload for medical billing claims that come in. The speedy implementation of this medical billing reform may lead to reimbursement delays and errors.

Congress mandated that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reform their contracting system. This needs to be completed by October of 2011. However, since estimates of huge savings have been made, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services wants to speed up this medical billing contractor reform. Their goal is to have it completed by 2009, which is two years earlier.

This change to the contractor method will take many Part A and Part B contractor work loads and transfer the loads over to the Medicare Administrative Contractor. Unfortunately, by making this reform too soon it is very likely that medical bills will be reimbursed incorrectly or with much delay. It seems as though the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has not thought of possible medical billing and reimbursement problems of implementing this system too soon. The Government Accountability Office has suggested to CMS to wait until 2011, but they have refused.

If your practice is planning on billing Medicare in the coming years, it would be wise to keep close track of those medical claims. Make sure they are not lost in the cracks. Also be sure they are reimbursed at the correct rate. This extra effort could become a headache for your practice. Medical Billing firms can alleviate this stress. Their job is to make sure your claims are paid on time and accurately. They know how to deal with payers. Medical billing companies can save your practice much headache once Medicare makes contracting reforms.

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