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Medicare Secondary Payer tip: Use the form optionally

Patient Access Weekly Advisor, April 14, 2010

This is a common misunderstanding in patient access. Although CMS has a requirement to collect and report MSP information, the questionnaire itself is optional. In response to a question from HCPro, Inc., CMS has said the questionnaire is permissive in nature, but organizations must ask the same type of questions.

“Providers may use this as a guide to help identify other payers that may be primary to Medicare,” CMS interprets in its laws. “This questionnaire is a model of the type of questions that may be asked to help identify MSP situations.”

Editor’s note: See next week’s Patient Access Weekly Advisor for another tip on MSP compliance.


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