Use New Medicare EFT Application Starting Jan. 1

A revised CMS 588 (PDF), Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Authorization Agreement, version 09/13, is available on the CMS Forms List

After Dec. 31, 2013, Novitas Solutions will return any newly submitted 05/10 (old) versions of the CMS 588 application with a letter explaining the CMS 588 application has been updated and the physician must submit a new 09/13 version of the application.

 More reminders and notes:

  • Ordering and referring denials start Jan. 6.  Starting Jan. 6, 2014, Medicare will deny claims for services ordered or referred by a physician who is not enrolled in Medicare. To avoid denied claims for you and for those to whom you refer, make sure you and physicians from whom you receive order/referrals have an enrollment record in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS).
  • Revalidation letters in the mail. Novitas Solutions will mail the next round of revalidation letters on Dec. 20, 27, and 30.  Do not submit your revalidation until Novitas notifies you to do so; it will slow down the process. If you have questions related to the Medicare revalidation initiative, visit the Novitas Enrollment Center for more information.  
  • Password reset in the I&A System. In response to provider concerns, CMS recently made a temporary change to the expiration date of passwords. To ease transition to its new streamlined access system, CMS has extended password expiration to 150 days. This means that Identity & Access Management (I&A) System passwords will now expire 150 days from Oct. 7, 2013. This is only a temporary change, and at the end of the 150 day extension, passwords will resume their usual 60-day expiration. Note:  An expired password simply means that you cannot log in to the I&A, Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs or the Provider Enrollment Chain and Ownership System (PECOS) until you reset your password. An expired password will not affect your NPI, Medicare enrollment, claims payments, or EHR incentive payments, and will not remove the ability for any surrogates to attest or work on behalf of physicians if they had previously been authorized in the system. It will only prevent logging in to those systems until the password is reset.
  • Booklet revised. You now can download the revised Items and Services That Are Not Covered Under the Medicare Program booklet (PDF). It includes information about applicable exceptions and Beneficiary Notices of Noncoverage. Remember, for services not covered by Medicare, you should follow the Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage guidelines (PDF).

Published Dec. 19, 2013


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