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Medicare Participation Options, The conversion factor will remain 35 8013 from January 1 2015 through March 31 as a result of. Congress passing a fix to the SGR in April 2014 However beginning April 1 2015 all physicians will. face a 21 2 percent reduction in Medicare physician payments due to the SGR if Congress does not act. Under the provisions of the Budget Control Act of 2011 Medicare physician payments will also continue. to face an additional 2 percent sequestration cut, ASCRS continues to urge Congress to repeal and replace the SGR We will continue to keep you updated. on upcoming legislative developments, Physicians have through December 31 2014 to modify their status with the Medicare program and will. want to consider their options carefully It is also important to note that physicians choosing to opt out. must do so for a 2 year period, Physicians also need to consider that in 2015 CMS will impose penalties under the Value Based Payment. Modifier VBPM program Some quality program penalties that will be applied in 2015 based on 2013. performance such as PQRS Meaningful Use and eRx will decrease the limiting charge amounts that. nonparticipating physicians can bill patients for unassigned claims The VBPM penalties however will. not apply to unassigned claims Therefore practices facing a VBPM penalty next year could avoid the. penalty by choosing the nonparticipating physician option. Physician s choices with respect to their Medicare status. 1 Participating Provider Sign participation agreements and agree to accept assignment for all. claims in exchange for various benefits provided by Medicare including approved. reimbursement rates, 2 Non participating Provider Decline to sign participation agreements accept assignment on a.
case by case basis and balance bill subject to limits imposed by Medicare and or state law or. 3 Private Contracting Opt out of Medicare completely and enter into so called private. contracts with Medicare beneficiaries In addition physicians should keep in mind that they. are not subject to Medicare charge limits and do not need private contracts for non covered. ASCRS is not recommending any one of the three options described in this document The purpose of. the document is to ensure that ASCRS members can make informed decisions about their Medicare. participation status,1 Participating Provider, Physicians who sign a participation agreement agree to accept assignment for all services they provide. to Medicare patients and to accept the Medicare approved charge as payment in full for the physician s. D0575051 DOCX 1 1, Medicare sends out participation agreements for the following calendar year to all eligible physicians. during the Medicare open enrollment period typically from mid November through December 31. Physicians who are currently participating do not need to take any action to continue participating. Those who wish to sign or terminate a participation agreement must do so during the open enrollment. period and their decision must be postmarked no later than December 31 2014 except that physicians. signing up with Medicare for the first time can execute participation agreements at the time they first. enroll Once made the decision will be binding throughout the following calendar year except where. the physician s practice situation has changed significantly such as relocation to a different geographic. area or a different group practice, Participating physicians are entitled to the full Medicare approved charge for each service whereas. nonparticipating providers receive 95 of the approved fee schedule amount Participating physicians. submit claims to Medicare on behalf of their patients and receive 80 of the full approved charge. directly from Medicare They collect the remaining 20 copayment and any applicable deductible from. the patient or secondary insurer i e Medigap, Participating physicians receive certain other benefits For instance Medicare provides toll free claims. processing lines reimburses participating physicians more quickly and will automatically submit claims. to many Medigap insurers for payment of copayments and deductibles Participating physicians are also. included in a directory of physicians distributed by Medicare. 2 Non Participating Providers, Physicians who choose not to sign a participation agreement may accept assignment on a case by case.
basis In nonassigned cases the physician may balance bill the patient up to 115 of the reduced. Medicare approved charge for nonparticipating providers i e 95 of the full approved charge for the. particular service Therefore the most the physician can receive is 109 25 of the full Medicare. approved charge, In cases where the physician does not accept assignment the physician still submits the claim to. Medicare but receives payment from the patient The patient receives the reimbursement from. Medicare and pays the remainder i e the 20 coinsurance plus the balance bill amount out of his or. her pocket In some cases Medigap plans will cover the balance bill charge as well as the patient s. coinsurance amount, Nonparticipating providers who accept assignment receive payment directly from Medicare but still are. subject to the 5 reduction in the approved charge and must collect copays and deductibles from the. patient The physician collects 80 of the reduced fee schedule amount from Medicare and 20 from. the patient Balance billing is not permitted on an assigned claim. Physicians who wish to terminate a participation agreement and become a nonparticipating provider. must do so during the Medicare open enrollment period Physicians should write each Medicare carrier. to which they submit claims before the end of the year to inform them that they are terminating their. participation agreement effective at the end of the current term Physicians who are currently. nonparticipating need not take any action to continue their status. In making the participation decisions physicians should keep in mind that some state laws and. agreements with hospitals and other facilities either require physicians to take assignment of Medicare. claims or restrict or prohibit balance billing In addition some states have enacted laws that prohibit. D0575051 DOCX 1 2, physicians from balance billing their patients Physicians also should know that certain services are only. paid on an assigned basis including services provided to dual Medicare Medicaid patients and those. provided by certain affiliated health care workers including nurse practitioners physician s assistants. and clinical psychologists,3 Private Contracting, Physicians may choose to opt out of Medicare entirely by submitting an affidavit to the Centers for. Medicare and Medicaid Services through their local Medicare carrier s and entering into private. contracts with all their Medicare patients This opt out applies to traditional Medicare and Medicare. managed care, In the affidavit the physician agrees not to submit any claims to or receive payment from Medicare for a.
period of two years A physician who opts out may still bill Medicare for emergency or urgently needed. services provided to patients with whom the physician does not have a private contract subject to. Medicare fee limitations However the physician may not enter into a private contract with a patient. at the time that the patient is in need of emergency or urgent care services. Non participating physicians must file the opt out affidavit with the appropriate Medicare carrier s. within 10 days after signing the first private contract Participating physicians must file the opt out. affidavit at least 30 days before the end of the quarter in which the first contract is to become effective. The physician has 90 days to revoke the affidavit and return to being a participating nonparticipating. provider A physician or practitioner who fails to comply with the opt out rules would forfeit the right to. enter into any private contract for the remainder of the two year period and will be subject to the. Medicare limiting charge and other Medicare restrictions The physician might also be subject to liability. for submitting false claims the penalties for which are quite severe. In the private contract the patient agrees not to seek reimbursement for the physicians services from. Medicare and to pay the physician directly for whatever amount the physician decides to charge for. these services subject to state laws precluding excessive fees The patient further acknowledges that. the physician s charges are not subject to Medicare limits that Medigap will not pay for the services. and that the patient has had the opportunity to use another physician who has not opted out but freely. chose this one The contract also must clearly state whether the physician has been excluded from. Medicare The physician must keep copies of all private contracts during the opt out period and make. them available for inspection by the Secretary of HHS upon request. Physicians in group practices may opt out or become non participating physicians individually and it. does not affect the ability of the rest of the group members to bill Medicare for services they furnish to. Medicare beneficiaries However when a group physician has opted out the group may not bill in its. own name or otherwise receive payment for services provided by the opt out physician under a private. contract Each physician and group should seek legal counsel if they pursue this option. Note that private contracts are not required for services that are not covered by Medicare e g. refractions or conventional eyeglasses The limiting charge and claim submission requirements also do. not apply to non covered services Private contracts are also not required for and the limiting charge. does not apply to covered services that are determined or likely to be determined not to be. reasonable or medically necessary in the particular case The physician can still be reimbursed for such. services if the beneficiary signs an Advance Beneficiary Notice acknowledging that the service may not. be covered by Medicare and the beneficiary will have to pay for the service if it is denied by Medicare. D0575051 DOCX 1 3, Note also that physicians who opt out are still able to order tests or make referrals for Medicare. beneficiaries and those tests or referral services would be covered However physicians are required to. register their NPI and other information with the Medicare Carrier. To view updates and the latest information about Medicare participation options or to obtain. telephone numbers of the various carrier contacts including the carrier medical directors please visit. the CMS web site at http www cms gov Medicare Provider Enrollment and. Certification MedicareProviderSupEnroll index html. Sample Patient Cover Letter for Practices Not Accepting New Medicare Patients. Your letterhead,Dear Patient, Our practice appreciates your loyalty and trust and prides ourselves on providing you and our. other Medicare patients with high quality care and personal attention However as you may. know for the past several years the Medicare payment rate to physicians has generally. remained unchanged and has declined dramatically for certain ophthalmology services. including cataract surgery At the same time our practice costs including staff office space. supplies and insurance have significantly increased Unless Congress passes a legislative fix. or passes legislation to repeal and replace the annual Sustainable Growth Rate cuts Medicare. payments to physicians will be cut by 21 2 percent plus an additional 2 percent cut from the. third year of budget sequestration on April 1 2015. For these reasons our practice is no longer accepting new Medicare patients We will be happy. to assist you in finding a practice that does accept such patients. We regret any inconvenience this change in policy may cause you but the actual and. threatened reductions in Medicare reimbursement have left us with no choice If you have any. questions please call us at insert number,Insert signature and printed name. D0575051 DOCX 1 4, Sample Patient Cover Letter for Practices Opting Out of Medicare. Your letterhead,Dear Patient, Our practice appreciates your loyalty and trust and prides ourselves on providing you and our.
other Medicare patients with high quality care and personal attention However as you may. know for the past several years the Medicare payment rate to physicians has generally. remained unchanged and has declined dramatically for certain ophthalmology services. including cataract surgery At the same time our practice costs including staff office space. supplies and insurance have significantly increased Unless Congress passes a legislative fix. or passes legislation to repeal and replace the annual Sustainable Growth Rate cuts Medicare. payments to physicians will be cut by 21 2 percent plus an additional 2 percent cut from the. third year of budget sequestration on April 1 2015. For these reasons we have made the difficult decision to opt out of Medicare This means. that as of January 1 2015 our practice will no longer be filing claims with or receiving. reimbursement from Medicare It also means that any Medicare patients who we continue to. treat cannot file claims with Medicare or receive reimbursement from Medicare for our. services Instead you will be required to pay our offices in full at the time our services are. provided and will not be eligible for reimbursement from Medicare for those services The. Medicare rules also require us to enter into private contracts with our Medicare patients that. will outline these new practices as well as our patients rights and responsibilities A copy of. our private contract is attached for your review and signature. You also have the option to seek care from a physician who does participate in Medicare. Should you decide to switch to such a physician our office will be happy to assist you in the. transfer of care, We regret any inconvenience this change in policy may cause you but the actual and. threatened reductions in Medicare reimbursement have left us with no choice If you have any. questions please call us at insert number,Insert signature and printed name. D0575051 DOCX 1 5,Sample Medicare Private Contract. This Agreement is entered into by and between M D Physician whose. principal medical office is located at and Patient who resides at. WHEREAS Physician is licensed to practice medicine in the State of and has. properly opted out of Medicare, WHEREAS Patient is currently a Medicare beneficiary. WHEREAS Patient wishes to obtain the services of Physician under the terms of this. private contract the Agreement, NOW THEREFORE in consideration of the mutual promises and conditions contained.
herein and for other good and valuable consideration the sufficiency of which is. acknowledged the parties agree as follows, 1 Covered Services This Agreement covers the following items and services the items. and services to be provided by Physician, 2 No Submission of Claims Patient agrees not to submit a claim for any of the items or. services even if such items or services are otherwise covered under Medicare nor will patient. request that Physician do so on Patient s behalf, 3 Payment for Services Patient further agrees to be responsible whether through. insurance or otherwise for payments of such items and services Patient understands that no. Medicare reimbursement for items or services will be provided that the items and services. would have otherwise been covered by Medicare if there were not a private contract and a. proper Medicare claim had been filed and that other patients may be reimbursed by Medicare. for the same items or services provided by other physicians or practitioners who have not. opted out of Medicare Patient understands that the Medicare charge limits do not apply and. that Physician s charges may be higher than the fee limits set under the Medicare program for. the services Patient acknowledges that Medigap plans do not make payments for such items. and services Patient further understands that other supplemental insurance plans may elect. not to make payments for such items and services, 4 Other Patient Acknowledgments Patient understands that he she has the right to. have the items or services specified in this agreement provided by other physicians or. practitioners for whom Medicare payment would be made and that Patient is not compelled to. enter into private contracts that apply to other Medicare covered services furnished by other. physicians or practitioners who have not opted out Patient certifies that this agreement is. D0575051 DOCX 1 6, made freely and without duress and is not made during an emergency or urgent health care.
situation Patient acknowledges that the size of the print of this Agreement is sufficiently large. to enable him or her to read the Agreement, 5 Physician Representations Physician will not file a claim with or accept. reimbursement from Medicare for the services provided under this Agreement nor will. physician seek reimbursement from any organization that receives such reimbursement from. Medicare Physician further represents and warrants that he she has has not been excluded. from Medicare and is duly licensed to practice medicine in the State of Physician. makes no express or implied warranties or guarantees regarding the items or services to be. provided under this Agreement, 6 Effective Date This Agreement will become effective on insert date and shall. expire on or about insert date the opt out period unless otherwise renewed in accordance. with the 42 U S C 1395a 42 C F R 405 Subpart D, 7 Miscellaneous This is the entire agreement between the parties It may not be. modified except by a writing signed by both parties Neither party may assign his her rights or. obligations under this Agreement without the written consent of the other party. Patient Name,Patient Signature,Physician Name,Physician Signature. D0575051 DOCX 1 7,For Beneficiary s Legal Representative.
I am the legal representative of the patient whose name appears in the above Agreement I. have read and fully understand the foregoing information and have discussed this information. and its terms with the patient to the extent of the patient s understanding Due to the patient s. inability to sign this form I am entering into this Agreement on the patient s behalf. Name of Legal Representative,Signature Date,Nature of Relationship to Patient. Patient or his her legal representative must be provided with a copy of this Agreement a. photocopy is permissible before items or services are furnished to the Patient under the terms. of the Agreement Physician must retain the Agreement with original signatures of both. parties for the duration of the opt out period A copy of this Agreement must be made. available to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services upon request. Disclaimer, This sample private contract is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended. to provide legal advice guarantee compliance with the legal requirements for opting out of. Medicare or entering into Medicare private contracts or encourage physicians to opt out of. Medicare Physicians are encouraged to consult with legal counsel for guidance on the. Medicare opt out private contracting process,D0575051 DOCX 1 8. Sample Affidavit For Medicare Private Contract Opt Out. I have read the following statements and attest that they are accurate. and true to the best of my knowledge information and belief. 1 Except for emergency or urgent care services during the opt out period. defined below I will provide services to Medicare beneficiaries only through private contracts. that meet the criteria of paragraph 42 C F R 405 415 for services that but for their provision. under a private contract would have been Medicare covered services. 2 Except for emergency or urgent care services I agree not to submit any. claims to Medicare for any item or service provided to any Medicare beneficiary Nor will I. permit any entity acting on my behalf to submit a claim to Medicare for services furnished to a. Medicare beneficiary except as specified in 405 440. 3 I understand that during the opt out period I may receive no direct or. indirect Medicare payment for services that I furnish to Medicare beneficiaries with whom I. have privately contracted whether as an individual an employee of an organization a partner. in a partnership under a reassignment of benefits or as payment for a service furnished to a. Medicare beneficiary under a Medicare Advantage formerly called Medicare Choice plan. 4 I acknowledge that during the opt out period my services are not. covered under Medicare and no Medicare payment may be made to any entity for my services. directly or on a capitated basis, 5 I promise that during the opt out period I will be bound by the terms of. both this affidavit and the private contract s into which I have entered with a Medicare. beneficiary, 6 I recognize and acknowledge that the terms of this affidavit apply to all.
Medicare covered items and services furnished to Medicare beneficiaries by me during the opt. out period except for emergency or urgent care services furnished to the beneficiaries with. whom I have not previously privately contracted without regard to any payment arrangements. I may make, 7 I have signed a Part B participation agreement and I acknowledge that. such agreement terminates on the effective date of this affidavit This provision is not. required for physicians who have not signed a Medicare Part B participation agreement. D0575051 DOCX 1 9, 8 I understand that a beneficiary who has not entered into a private. contract and who requires emergency or urgent care services may not be asked to enter into a. private contract with respect to receiving such services and that the rules of 42 C F R 405 440. apply if I furnish such services, 9 I understand that these restrictions will remain in effect for a period of. two years from the date of this affidavit the opt out period. Signature of Physician,Physician information,Physician name print. NPI UPIN or TIN if no NPI or UPIN has been assigned. Billing Address, Non participating Medicare physicians must file this affidavit with all carriers who have jurisdiction over.
claims that the physician would otherwise file with Medicare The affidavit must be filed no later than. 10 days after the first private contract to which this affidavit applies is entered into. Participating Medicare physicians must file this affidavit with all carriers who have jurisdiction over. claims that the physician would otherwise file with Medicare The affidavit must be filed with all such. carriers at least 30 days before the beginning of the selected calendar quarter The furnishing of any. items or services to a Medicare beneficiary under such the private contract to which this affidavit. applies before the beginning of the selected calendar quarter is subject to standard Medicare rules. Disclaimer This sample affidavit is provided for informational purposes only and is not. intended to provide legal advice guarantee compliance with the legal requirements for. opting out of Medicare or entering into Medicare private contracts or encourage physicians. to opt out of Medicare Physicians are encouraged to consult with legal counsel for guidance. on the Medicare opt out private contracting process.


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