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CMS to Hold Special Open Door Forum on Internet-Based Medicare Enrollment

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
will hold a Special Open Door Forum to discuss the implementation of the Internet based Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS) for physicians and non-physician practitioners.

The Special Open Door
Forum will take place from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (ET) on January 14,
2009. During the Special Open Door Forum, CMS is expected to discuss:

  • Advantages of Internet based PECOS;
  • Use of National Plan and Provider Enumeration System User ID and password;
  • Process associated with submitting an enrollment application via Internet based PECOS; and
  • Certification Statement and supporting documentation.

Afterwords, conference call participants will have an opportunity to ask questions.

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To participate in the Special Open Door Forum, one must dial
1-800-837-1935 and
reference conference ID 73178380. CMS also intends to post an
audio recording of the conference call on the Special Open Door Forums page of the CMS website, which will be accessible beginning January 23, 2009.

CMS reports that physicians and non-physician practitioners in 44 states and the District of Columbia can use Internet based PECOS to enroll, make a Medicare enrollment change, view their Medicare enrollment information, and check the status of a Medicare enrollment application. By the end of January 2009, CMS intends to expand the availability of Internet based PECOS to physicians and non-physician practitioners in:

  • California;
  • Texas;
  • Virginia;
  • Oklahoma;
  • New Mexico;
  • Colorado; and
  • Puerto Rico.

In 2009, CMS expects to make Internet based PECOS available to organizational providers and suppliers (except suppliers of durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies).

By Medicare Update Blog