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Are you ready? Medicare transition is less than two weeks away



August 23, 2013

September 16, 2013, is the cutover date for transition of the Medicare Part B fee-for-service contractor from Palmetto GBA to Noridian. Although efforts have been made to minimize the burden to practices and to ensure that physicians continue to receive their Medicare payments in a timely fashion after the transition, physician practices will have to make some changes in their processes, including but not limited to the following:


  • Electronic claim submitters must change the contractor ID (payor ID) on their transmissions. The new ID for the Northern California jurisdiction is 01112; for the Southern California jurisdiction it is 01182.

    Please note, the change to the Contractor ID should not be made before September 12 for Part B claims.

  • Paper claims will be submitted to a new address. The new address has not yet been announced. Stay tuned for more details.

  • There will be a new toll-free telephone number, (855) 609-9960, for all telephone inquiries to Noridian. (This number will not be activated until September 16, 2013.

  • Practices are also encouraged to review the resources available regarding the transition:


    CMA’s Medicare Transition Guide: This guide, which members can download free from the CMA website, contains information on the transition dates, what will remain the same with the transition and what will change, Noridian’s online provider portal, what practices can do to prepare for the transition and links to additional resources and ways to stay apprised of new information on the transition. The guide also includes a comprehensive preparation checklist.


    Noridian’s transition website: The Noridian transition website includes information on what’s new/changing and what will remain the same during and after the transition.


    CMA Practice Resources: CMA Practice Resources (CPR) is a free monthly newsletter from CMA’s practice management experts that focuses on critical payor and health care industry issues, including the Medicare transition, and how these issues directly impact the business of a physician practice. To sign up, visit the CMA's(subscription page) or contact CMA Member Services at (800) 786-4262 or memberservice@cmadocs.org.


    CMA Content Alerts: The CMA website allows registered users to create custom content alerts on the topics that are of interest to you. Once signed up, you will be notified any time there is new content posted in one of your interest areas. To sign up to receive Medicare alerts, users should visit their account dashboard on the CMA website and click on “my alerts,” then under "New Content Alerts" click on the "Alert Settings" tab, and select “Insurance Reimbursement -> Medicare.”


    Contact: CMA reimbursement help line, (888) 401-5911 or mkelly@cmadocs.org.

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