Prepare for New Medicare Payer

Novitas will become the new Medicare carrier for Texas on Nov. 19, taking over from TrailBlazer Health Enterprises to administer Medicare claims for Texas and the six other states in Medicare Jurisdiction H (JH).

Here are some things you ought to do now to ease into the switch:

  • If your practice is enrolled with TrailBlazer for electronic funds transfer (EFT), you should have received a letter from Novitas in late July requesting a CMS-588 EFT authorization agreement. Read this letter carefully for how to complete and return the agreement so you won't experience a delay or interruption of your Medicare payments starting Nov. 19.
  • Bone up on Novitas' Local Coverage Determination (LCD) policies for JH, which are on the transition website. Be sure to study the TrailBlazer JH LCD Crosswalk, as well.
  • Join the JH Transition Segment 5 email list to receive news and updates. Use other transition website resources, such as FAQs and a teleconference/webinar schedule for Texas Part B physicians.

For more information, call the TMA Knowledge Center at (800) 880-7955 or email knowledge@texmed.org.


Action, Aug. 1, 2012


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