CMS publishes Medicare fee-for-service provider and supplier lists
As part of our efforts to improve care delivery, data sharing, and transparency, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is releasing two public data sets regarding the availability and use of services provided to Medicare beneficiaries by ground ambulance suppliers and home health agencies, as well as a list of Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) providers and suppliers currently approved to bill Medicare. The data sets are accessible at https://data.cms.gov.
CMS recently published a Federal Register notice on February 2, 2016 (effective January 29, 2016) extending the temporary enrollment moratoria on new ground ambulance suppliers and home health agencies sub-units, and branch locations in the Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Programs (CHIP) for an additional six months in seven geographic areas. Such moratoria provisions were authorized by the Affordable Care Act and serve to reduce fraud, waste, and abuse while ensuring that patient access to care is not interrupted.
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