"Dear Physician" PECOS Letter Now Available

A new "Dear Physician" letter from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) seeks to explain the upcoming policy change involving DME prescribers not enrolled in the Medicare Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS).

Effective Jan. 6, the letter says, "implementation of specific edits will occur that will restrict DMEPOS suppliers from receiving payment from Medicare for items that you have prescribed if you do not have a current enrollment in PECOS. Help your DMEPOS supplier to continue providing quality services to your Medicare patients by promptly enrolling in PECOS, or by updating your existing Medicare enrollment information if you have not done so recently."

The letter, available HERE, is signed by Stacey V. Brennan, M.D., FAAFP, on behalf of the four DME MAC medical directors: Brennan (Jurisdiction B), Paul J. Hughes, M.D., Jurisdiction A; Robert D. Hoover Jr., M.D., MPH, FACP, Jurisdiction C; and Eileen M. Moynihan, M.D., FACP, FACR, Jurisdiction D.

The letter is in pdf format and can be downloaded and printed or e-mailed to physicians and other Medicare DME prescribers.

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