Railroad Medicare Provider News for 7/13/2018

Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) Look-up Tool

The Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) Look-up tool allows providers to use our secure eServices online portal to obtain the new MBI number when patients do not present their Medicare card. The MBI Look-up tool will only return an MBI if the new Medicare card has been mailed to avoid potential confusion if the MBI is used before the beneficiary receives their new Medicare card. Please review this article and share it with your staff.

New Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) Get It, Use It

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is mailing the new Medicare cards with the MBI in phases by geographic location. Here are three ways you and your office staff can get MBIs: ask your Medicare patients, use the MAC’s secure MBI look-up tool, and check the remittance advice. You can start using the MBIs even if the other health care providers and hospitals who also treat your patients haven’t. When the transition period ends December 31, 2019, providers must use the MBI for most transactions. This article was revised on July 11, 2018, to provide additional information regarding the format of the MBI not using letters S, L, O, I, B, and Z (page 2). All other information remains the same.

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) Codes Are Usable for up to Eight Hours

Providers are able to use their MFA codes for up to 8 hours! This allows providers to simply reuse the last valid code issued. MFA codes will expire 8 hours from the time it was requested or when a new MFA code is generated. Please share with appropriate staff.


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Jurisdiction M Home Health & Hospice News for 7/13/2018

Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) Look-up Tool

The Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) Look-up tool allows providers to use our secure eServices online portal to obtain the new MBI number when patients do not present their Medicare card. The MBI Look-up tool will only return an MBI if the new Medicare card has been mailed to avoid potential confusion if the MBI is used before the beneficiary receives their new Medicare card. Please review this article and share it with your staff.

New Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) Get It, Use It

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is mailing the new Medicare cards with the MBI in phases by geographic location. Here are three ways you and your office staff can get MBIs: ask your Medicare patients, use the MAC’s secure MBI look-up tool, and check the remittance advice. You can start using the MBIs even if the other health care providers and hospitals who also treat your patients haven’t. When the transition period ends December 31, 2019, providers must use the MBI for most transactions. This article was revised on July 11, 2018, to provide additional information regarding the format of the MBI not using letters S, L, O, I, B, and Z (page 2). All other information remains the same.

System Issues with the Recent Redesign of Hospice Election/Revocation Information as Stated in MLN Article SE18007

Recent improvements were implemented in the July 2018 system release. The redesign ensures that hospice election and revocation date information are separate from benefit period information, so the two types of information can be changed independently. The following reason codes have been editing incorrectly on NOEs/claims since the release: U5106, U5159, and U5173. The issues are in research. Please share with appropriate staff.

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) Codes Are Usable for up to Eight Hours

Providers are able to use their MFA codes for up to 8 hours! This allows providers to simply reuse the last valid code issued. MFA codes will expire 8 hours from the time it was requested or when a new MFA code is generated. Please share with appropriate staff.

2018 Jurisdiction M (JM) Home Health Medicare Workshop Series – Winning with Medicare

Attention Home Health Providers! Palmetto GBA is pleased to announce our 2018 Home Health Workshop Series, Winning with Medicare. These workshops are designed for home health providers and their staff to equip them with the tools they need to be successful with Medicare billing, coverage and documentation requirements. Please review this information and share it with your staff.

2018 Jurisdiction M (JM) Hospice Medicare Workshop Series – Winning with Medicare

Attention Hospice Providers! Palmetto GBA is pleased to announce our 2018 Hospice Workshop Series, Winning with Medicare. These workshops are designed for hospice providers and their staff to equip them with the tools they need to be successful with Medicare billing, coverage and documentation requirements. Please review this information and share it with your staff.

Hospice MACtoberfest Conference: September 13-14, 2018

Palmetto GBA, the JM Hospice MAC is partnering with the Texas & New Mexico Hospice Organization to present an informative two-day Hospice MACtoberfest conference in Irving, Texas, on September 13 and 14, 2018, that will provide information related to various aspects of the Medicare program. Please review this information and registration instructions and share it with your staff.


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Jurisdiction M Part B News for 7/13/2018

Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) Look-up Tool

The Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) Look-up tool allows providers to use our secure eServices online portal to obtain the new MBI number when patients do not present their Medicare card. The MBI Look-up tool will only return an MBI if the new Medicare card has been mailed to avoid potential confusion if the MBI is used before the beneficiary receives their new Medicare card. Please review this article and share it with your staff.

New Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) Get It, Use It

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is mailing the new Medicare cards with the MBI in phases by geographic location. Here are three ways you and your office staff can get MBIs: ask your Medicare patients, use the MAC’s secure MBI look-up tool, and check the remittance advice. You can start using the MBIs even if the other health care providers and hospitals who also treat your patients haven’t. When the transition period ends December 31, 2019, providers must use the MBI for most transactions. This article was revised on July 11, 2018, to provide additional information regarding the format of the MBI not using letters S, L, O, I, B, and Z (page 2). All other information remains the same.

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) Codes Are Usable for up to Eight Hours

Providers are able to use their MFA codes for up to 8 hours! This allows providers to simply reuse the last valid code issued. MFA codes will expire 8 hours from the time it was requested or when a new MFA code is generated. Please share with appropriate staff.

Save the Date: Palmetto GBA Jurisdiction M (JM) MACtoberfest Conference – October 23-24, 2018

Attention JM Providers! Save the Date for the Palmetto GBA Jurisdiction M (JM) MACtoberfest, a two-day conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on October 23 and 24, 2018, that will provide information related to various aspects of the Medicare program. Please check the Palmetto GBA JM websites for more updates and registration information for this conference.

eUtilization: See Who Has Been Using Your NPI

Electronic Utilization (eUtilization) reports are now available in the eServices portal. eUtilization reports provide rendering providers and ordering and referring providers access to their personal data. This data can be reviewed to ensure providers are aware of when and by whom their NPI is being used for billing Medicare services and when their NPI is entered on a Medicare claim as the ordering referring physician.

Gain Insight Into Your Billing Patterns and Utilization Services: Use Electronic Comparative Billing Reports (eCBRs)

Palmetto GBA uses electronic Comparative Billing Reports (eCBRs) as an educational tool for providers to use in order to provide insight into your billing patterns and utilization of services in comparison to your peers. eCBR will provide you with the ability to view and download your individual CBR online.


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Jurisdiction M Part A News for 7/13/2018

Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) Look-up Tool

The Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) Look-up tool allows providers to use our secure eServices online portal to obtain the new MBI number when patients do not present their Medicare card. The MBI Look-up tool will only return an MBI if the new Medicare card has been mailed to avoid potential confusion if the MBI is used before the beneficiary receives their new Medicare card. Please review this article and share it with your staff.

New Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) Get It, Use It

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is mailing the new Medicare cards with the MBI in phases by geographic location. Here are three ways you and your office staff can get MBIs: ask your Medicare patients, use the MAC’s secure MBI look-up tool, and check the remittance advice. You can start using the MBIs even if the other health care providers and hospitals who also treat your patients haven’t. When the transition period ends December 31, 2019, providers must use the MBI for most transactions. This article was revised on July 11, 2018, to provide additional information regarding the format of the MBI not using letters S, L, O, I, B, and Z (page 2). All other information remains the same.

Part A Ask the Contractor Teleconference (ACT): Specialty Clinical Topic: Drugs and Biologicals: August 14, 2018

Palmetto GBA will host the Part A Ask the Contractor Teleconference (ACT) on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 11 a.m. ET (10 a.m. CT). The ACT call is designed to open the communication channels between Palmetto GBA and our Part A provider community. This month’s ACT specialty topic is Drugs and Biologicals.

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) Codes Are Usable for up to Eight Hours

Providers are able to use their MFA codes for up to 8 hours! This allows providers to simply reuse the last valid code issued. MFA codes will expire 8 hours from the time it was requested or when a new MFA code is generated. Please share with appropriate staff.

Save the Date: Palmetto GBA Jurisdiction M (JM) MACtoberfest Conference – October 23-24, 2018

Attention JM Providers! Save the Date for the Palmetto GBA Jurisdiction M (JM) MACtoberfest, a two-day conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on October 23 and 24, 2018, that will provide information related to various aspects of the Medicare program. Please check the Palmetto GBA JM websites for more updates and registration information for this conference.


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Jurisdiction J Part B News for 7/13/2018

Save the Date: Palmetto GBA Jurisdiction J (JJ) MACtoberfest Conference – November 6-7, 2018

Attention JJ Providers! Please Save the Date for the Palmetto GBA Jurisdiction J (JJ) MACtoberfest, a two-day conference in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on November 6 and 7, 2018, that will provide information related to various aspects of the Medicare program. Please check the Palmetto GBA JJ websites for more updates and registration information for this conference.

Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) Look-up Tool

The Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) Look-up tool allows providers to use our secure eServices online portal to obtain the new MBI number when patients do not present their Medicare card. The MBI Look-up tool will only return an MBI if the new Medicare card has been mailed to avoid potential confusion if the MBI is used before the beneficiary receives their new Medicare card. Please review this article and share it with your staff.

New Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) Get It, Use It

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is mailing the new Medicare cards with the MBI in phases by geographic location. Here are three ways you and your office staff can get MBIs: ask your Medicare patients, use the MAC’s secure MBI look-up tool, and check the remittance advice. You can start using the MBIs even if the other health care providers and hospitals who also treat your patients haven’t. When the transition period ends December 31, 2019, providers must use the MBI for most transactions. This article was revised on July 11, 2018, to provide additional information regarding the format of the MBI not using letters S, L, O, I, B, and Z (page 2). All other information remains the same.

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) Codes Are Usable for up to Eight Hours

Providers are able to use their MFA codes for up to 8 hours! This allows providers to simply reuse the last valid code issued. MFA codes will expire 8 hours from the time it was requested or when a new MFA code is generated. Please share with appropriate staff.


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Jurisdiction J Part A News for 7/13/2018

Save the Date: Palmetto GBA Jurisdiction J (JJ) MACtoberfest Conference – November 6-7, 2018

Attention JJ Providers! Please Save the Date for the Palmetto GBA Jurisdiction J (JJ) MACtoberfest, a two-day conference in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on November 6 and 7, 2018, that will provide information related to various aspects of the Medicare program. Please check the Palmetto GBA JJ websites for more updates and registration information for this conference.

Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) Look-up Tool

The Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) Look-up tool allows providers to use our secure eServices online portal to obtain the new MBI number when patients do not present their Medicare card. The MBI Look-up tool will only return an MBI if the new Medicare card has been mailed to avoid potential confusion if the MBI is used before the beneficiary receives their new Medicare card. Please review this article and share it with your staff.

New Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) Get It, Use It

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is mailing the new Medicare cards with the MBI in phases by geographic location. Here are three ways you and your office staff can get MBIs: ask your Medicare patients, use the MAC’s secure MBI look-up tool, and check the remittance advice. You can start using the MBIs even if the other health care providers and hospitals who also treat your patients haven’t. When the transition period ends December 31, 2019, providers must use the MBI for most transactions. This article was revised on July 11, 2018, to provide additional information regarding the format of the MBI not using letters S, L, O, I, B, and Z (page 2). All other information remains the same.

Part A Ask the Contractor Teleconference (ACT): Specialty Clinical Topic: Drugs and Biologicals: August 14, 2018

Palmetto GBA will host the Part A Ask the Contractor Teleconference (ACT) on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 11 a.m. ET (10 a.m. CT). The ACT call is designed to open the communication channels between Palmetto GBA and our Part A provider community. This month’s ACT specialty topic is Drugs and Biologicals.

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) Codes Are Usable for up to Eight Hours

Providers are able to use their MFA codes for up to 8 hours! This allows providers to simply reuse the last valid code issued. MFA codes will expire 8 hours from the time it was requested or when a new MFA code is generated. Please share with appropriate staff.


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Railroad Medicare Provider News for 7/12/2018

Podiatry: Coverage and Medical Review of Hyperkeratotic Lesion Treatment Webcast: August 7, 2018

Register now and join Railroad Medicare on August 7, 2018 at 2 p.m. ET for a live webcast focused on podiatry treatment of hyperkeratotic lesions. In this session, we will explore the Medicare benefit policies, medical necessity guidelines, and supporting documentation requirements. We will discuss the current RRB SMAC medical reviews on podiatry services for hyperkeratotic lesion treatment. We will also discuss how to respond to a Medical Review documentation request, provide helpful resources, and answer questions related to this topic. Please plan to attend.


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Jurisdiction M Part A News for 7/12/2018

Medicare Part A Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Prospective Payment System (PPS) Pricer Update

Change Request (CR) 10825 informs MACs about updates to the payment rates under the PPS for SNFs, for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, as required by statute. Make sure your billing staffs are aware of these changes. Also, be sure your billing staff are aware of the annual updates.

Provider Contact Center (PCC) To Close For Training On July 13

The Provider Contact Center (PCC) will be closed for training on July 13, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET. The PCC will reopen at 12 p.m. ET.


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