CMS Will Hold All Physician Claims for 10 Days

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is working with Congress, health care providers, and the beneficiary community to avoid disruption in the delivery of health care services and payment of claims for physicians, non-physician practitioners and other providers of services paid under the Medicare physician fee schedule.

Congress is working to avoid the negative update in effect March 1. Consequently, CMS has instructed its contractors to hold claims containing services paid under the MPFS for the first 10 business days of March. The holding of MPFS claims will only affect claims with dates of service March 1, 2010, and forward. This hold should have a minimum impact on provider cash flow because, under current law, clean electronic claims are not paid any sooner than 14 calendar days (29 for paper claims) after the date of receipt.

If you have not called your federal legislator yet, you could call AMA’s toll free number at 1-800-833-6354.

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