If you are a provider and are not enrolled, the time slot appears to have been pushed up 6 months, so only 60 days to register unless public comments predicate any changes being made. NPI numbers must be included on all claims by providers for durable medical equipment supplied and prescribed for patients. Thanks to Pat Whaley for giving us this heads up. BD
Physicians and “eligible” providers received a jolt today in the May 5, 2010 Federal Register as the date for enrollment in PECOS (Provider Enrollment Chain and Ownership System) was moved up (pending the comment period and any changes resulting from the comment period) six months for providers that order or supply durable medical equipment (DME) for Medicare patients. Instead of the January 3, 2011 date previously announced by CMS, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Affordable Care Act or PPACA) has provisions to move the go-date to July 6, 2010, just 60 days away.
Providers of medical items/other items/services and suppliers that qualify for a National Provider Identifier (NPI) must include their NPI on all applications to enroll in the Medicare and Medicaid programs AND on all claims for payment submitted under the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
“ Providers and suppliers furnishing services must comply with theMedicare requirements stipulated in the Act and in our regulations. These requirements are meant to ensure compliance with applicable statutes, as well as to promote the furnishing of high quality care. As Medicare program expenditures have grown, we have increased our efforts to ensure that only qualified individuals and organizations are allowed to enroll or maintain their Medicare billing privileges.”
You can read the rule in its entirety here.