Long-Term Care

FIs to MACs: Ensure a smooth transition for your facility

Billing Alert for Long-Term Care, February 1, 2009

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Since 2006, Medicare administrative contractors (MAC) have been introduced in phases, slowly replacing carriers and fiscal intermediaries (FI). Many SNFs are already utilizing these new Medicare claims processing entities, and by 2011, all providers are expected to submit claims to MACs.

The MAC system is expected to be more efficient, and with only 15 Part A/B MACs nationwide, there will be less room for variation in coverage and reimbursement regulations. However, during the transition from FIs and carriers to MACs, some providers will experience problems and disruptions in their claims processing systems. To ensure a smooth transition, SNF billers must stay informed, complete the necessary forms, and prepare well in advance.

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