Noridian, New PDAC, Takes Over for SADMERC

It was good-bye to SADMERC — the Statistical Analysis Durable Medical Equipment Regional Carrier — and hello to yet another new federal acronym on Aug. 18, as Noridian Administrative Services LLC took over as the new Pricing, Data Analysis & Coding (PDAC) contractor for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
On the new PDAC Web site (www.dmepdac.com), Noridian listed the following as its responsibilities:
•    Provide data analysis support to CMS’s 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 with DMEPOS fee schedules.
The Noridian Web site added that durable medical equipment items that have 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, which is 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 for Noridian 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.

This article originally appeared in the October 2008 issue of Mobility Management.

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