Three Things to Do Now to Prepare for New Medicare Payer

Texas gets a new Medicare payer this fall. You can tune in now to the Novitas Solutions transition website to help you glide through what the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has said will not be a disruptive changeover.

Novitas will become the new Medicare carrier for Texas on Nov. 19, 2012, taking over from TrailBlazer Health Enterprises to administer Texas Medicare claims for Texas and the six other states in Medicare Jurisdiction H (JH).

Here are three things you can do now to ease into the switch:

  1. Important — electronic funds transfer agreement: If your practice is currently enrolled with TrailBlazer for electronic funds transfer (EFT), be on the lookout for a letter from Novitas requesting a CMS-588 EFT authorization agreement. It will arrive on or around July 27. 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.
  2. New LCDs: 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.
  3. Useful info: Join the JH Transition Segment 5 email list to receive news and updates. Use other transition website resources, such as frequently asked questions and a teleconference/webinar schedule for Texas Part B physicians.

Published July 17, 2012 

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