Nursing Homes Transitioning with Ease to Your New MAC
CMS recently published an article which guides providers through the process of transitioning from a Fiscal Intermediary (FI) to a Administrative Contractor (MAC). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is providing this information to make you aware of what to expect as your FI or carrier transitions its work to a MAC. Knowing what to expect and preparing as outlined in this article will minimize disruption in your
If you are in a jurisdiction where a new MAC has not yet been awarded, you canbvremain current with updates on Medicare contracting reform by visiting http://www.cms.hhs.gov/medicarecontractingreform/ on the CMS website. Once the award to the MAC is made, you should immediately begin to prepare for the cutover.
The following are recommendations to help you in this effort:
· Pay attention to the mail you receive from your outgoing Medicare contractor and your new MAC--you will be receiving letters and listserv messages about the cutover from both. These letters should include discussions on what, if any, impact the cutover will have on your payment schedule, issuance of checks, impact on paper and electronic claims processing, electronic fund transfers, etc.
· Sign up for your new MAC's listserv. While in many cases the list of providers that were in the jurisdiction of the outgoing Medicare contractor will be shared with the
incoming MAC, that may not always be the case. Getting on the MAC listserv distribution will ensure that you receive news as it happens concerning the implementation.
· Access and bookmark the MAC's website and visit it regularly. The MAC will have a new website that will have general information, news and updates, information on the
MAC's requirements of providers, copies of newsletters and information on meetings and conference calls that are being conducted by the MAC.
· Review the Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQs) on the