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Friday, July 29, 2016

Service provided by excluded, opt out physician - denial



Services provided by a Medicare sanctioned/excluded provider. No Medicare payment may be made.


Opt-Out physicians and practitioners:

Medicare payment may be made for the claims submitted by a beneficiary for the services of an opt out physician or practitioner when the physician or practitioner did not privately contract with the beneficiary for services that were not emergency care services or urgent care services and that were furnished no later than 15 days after the date of a notice by the carrier that the physician or practitioner has opted out of Medicare (see 42 C.F.R. 405.435(c)). Therefore, if the beneficiary submits a claim for a service that was furnished by an opt out physician or practitioner, then the carrier must contact the opt out physician or practitioner in order to ascertain whether the beneficiary entered into a private contract with the opt out physician or practitioner. (Note: The carrier should obtain a copy of the private contract from the opt out physician/practitioner before denying the beneficiary’s claim if the beneficiary did, in fact, enter into a private contract with the physician or practitioner.) If the beneficiary did not enter into a private contract with the physician or practitioner and the beneficiary did not receive notice from the carrier that the physician opted out of Medicare, then Medicare payment may be made to the beneficiary for the non-emergency and/or non-urgent care services (assuming that the services would otherwise be payable). On the other hand, if the beneficiary did enter into a private contract with the physician or practitioner for the services or received services from the physician/practitioner 15 days after the date of a notice by the carrier that the physician or practitioner has opted out of Medicare, then no Medicare payment may be made. Medicare has instructed opt out physicians and practitioners that private contract language must include beneficiary instruction precluding the beneficiary from billing Medicare for these services. An example of language that may be considered:


Claim denied because services were provided by an Opt-Out physician or practitioner. No Medicare payment may be made.



Contractors shall maintain documentation of beneficiary complaints involving violations of the mandatory claims submission policy and a list of the top 50 violators, by State, of the mandatory claim submission policy.

Contractors are encouraged to educate providers and suppliers that they must be enrolled in the Medicare program before they submit claims for services furnished or supplied to any Medicare beneficiary.

The above policy, including the NPI requirement, is not applicable for foreign beneficiary claims submitted for covered services. These claims should be processed using guidelines for foreign claims.

The above policy, including the NPI requirement, is not applicable to beneficiary claims submitted to DMEMACs for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies. These claims should be processed by DMEMACs using current procedures.

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