Noridian Takes Over for SADMERC

It was good-bye to SADMERC - the Statistical Analysis Durable Medical Equipment Regional Carrier -- and hello to a new acronym on Monday, as Noridian Administrative Services LLC took over as the new Pricing, Data Analysis & Coding (PDAC) contractor on Aug. 18.

On the new PDAC Web site (www.dmepdac.com), Noridian listed the following as its responsibilities:

-- Provide data analysis support to the DME Program Safeguard Contractors (PSCs).
-- Guide manufacturers and suppliers on the proper use of the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) through product reviews and decisions.
-- Conduct national pricing functions for DMEPOS services.
-- Assist CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) with DMEPOS fee schedules.

The Noridian Web site added that durable medical equipment that has already received "a coding verification letter from the SADMERC regarding a HCPCS determination do not have to be re-reviewed by the PDAC. Any and all correspondence previously received from the SADMERC remains valid."

Noridian, based in Fargo, N.D., will operate from 8:30 a.m. till 4 p.m. Central time. The contact center phone number is (877) 735-1326. The mailing address is Pricing, Data Analysis and Coding, P.O. Box 6757, Fargo ND 58108-6757.

Noridian began accepting product review forms for HCPCS coding on Aug. 18. Forms are now available on the PDAC Web site.

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