CMS Acts to Stop 10-Day Hold on Physicians’ Medicare Claims

After President Obama signed into law the Temporary Extension Act of 2010 on Tuesday, CMS announced it would stop its ten-day hold on physicians’ Medicare claims. In an announcement released on March 3, CMS stated:

 “Among other things, this law extends through March 31, 2010, the zero percent update to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule that was in effect for claims with dates of service January 1, 2010, through February 28, 2010. Consequently, effective immediately, claims with dates of service March 1 and later which were being held by Medicare contractors will be released for processing and payment. Please keep in mind that the statutory payment floors still apply and, therefore, clean electronic claims cannot be paid before 14 calendar days after the date they are received by Medicare contractors (29 calendar days for clean paper claims). In addition, the new law extends through March 31, 2010, the exception process for therapy claims reaching the annual cap, retroactive to January 1, 2010. Affected providers may submit claims for exceptions to the annual therapy caps, with dates of service January 1 through March 31, 2010, using the KX modifier, following the pre-January 1, 2010, requirements for therapy cap exception. Please watch your listserv and contractors website for more information about the new legislation.”

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