Archive for February, 2011

New Administrator of Medicare Part B Services

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Many providers have recently received information regarding Cigna Government Services taking over administration of Medicare Part B services in the states of Kentucky and Ohio.  As noted in a recent e-mail from Cigna Government Services regarding Jurisdiction J15:

 “Part B providers who currently bill National Government Services (NGS) and are currently enrolled with NGS to receive payments electronically must submit a revised CMS-588 EFT Authorization Agreement to CIGNA Government Services immediately upon receipt of notification. Request letters for Kentucky Part B providers were mailed the week of January 24, 2011….. timely completion of the EFT agreement will ensure continued receipt of electronic Medicare payments following the completed transition of claims processing and payment operations to CIGNA Government Services. It is imperative that Kentucky Part B providers complete an EFT Authorization Agreement and return it to CIGNA Government Services no later than March 18, 2011.”

Other transitions (i.e.: claims resolution, payment processing, etc.) will take place in the coming months. For a full list of dates and deadlines, please visit the Cigna Government Services website at: www.cignagovermentservices.com.

Medicare Reimbursements for Primary Care Physicians

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Good news for primary care physicians! Even though there have been Medicare provider reimbursement cuts, Medicare has included a 10% bonus opportunity for certain primary care services rendered between 2011 – 2015 in the new fee schedule.  Physicians who are considered “Primary Care” providers, (internal medicine, family practice, pediatrics and geriatrics), whose Medicare reimbursements make up 60% of their total reimbursements, will receive a 10% bonus at the end of each quarter. These bonuses will be paid out for the following CPT codes: 99201- 99215, 99304-99340, and 99341-99350. To see if you qualify for 2011 reimbursement, please check the Kentucky Medicare contractor’s website at http://www.cignagovernmentservices.com/