The time for filing a claim will be extended if CMS or one of its contractors determines that a failure to meet the filing deadline is caused by all of the following conditions:
(a) At the time the service was furnished the beneficiary was not entitled to Medicare.
(b) The beneficiary subsequently received notification of Medicare entitlement effective retroactively to or before the date of the furnished service.
Thus, a provider or supplier may have furnished services to an individual who was not entitled to Medicare. More than a year later, the individual receives notification from SSA that he or she is entitled to Medicare benefits retroactive to or before the date he or she received services from the provider or supplier. In this situation, the provider or supplier may submit a request for a filing extension to the appropriate Medicare claims processing contractor, as long as the provider or supplier submits supporting documentation that verifies that the conditions above are met.
If the beneficiary and the provider or supplier is notified on different days about the beneficiary’s retroactive Medicare entitlement, there will be two extensions of time triggers. One extension of time trigger is when the beneficiary is first notified about the beneficiary’s retroactive Medicare entitlement and the other extension of time trigger is when the provider or supplier is the first party notified of the beneficiary’s retroactive Medicare entitlement. If the beneficiary is submitting the claim, the time to file the claim is based on the day the beneficiary is first notified of the retroactive Medicare entitlement. If the provider or supplier is submitting the claim, the time to file the claim is based on the day the provider or supplier is first notified of the retroactive Medicare entitlement.
Where retroactive Medicare entitlement is alleged, the provider, supplier, or beneficiary will need to provide the contractor with the following information:
• an official Social Security Administration (SSA) letter notifying the beneficiary of Medicare entitlement and the effective date of the entitlement; and,
• documentation describing the service/s furnished to the beneficiary and the date of the furnished service/s.
If the provider, supplier, or beneficiary is unable to provide the contractor with an official SSA letter, the Medicare contractor shall check the Common Working File (CWF) database and may interpret the CWF date of accretion and the CWF Medicare entitlement date for a beneficiary in order to verify a beneficiary’s retroactive entitlement. For example, if the CWF indicates a Medicare entitlement date of March 1, 2008 and a date of accretion of December 14, 2010, then the contractor may interpret the CWF data to mean that the beneficiary was retroactively entitled to Medicare as of March 1, 2008 and that this data was added to the CWF database on December 14, 2010. If the contractor has any problems or concerns with respect to interpreting the CWF data, then the contractor should consult with the appropriate CMS regional office.
If the contractor determines that both of the conditions for meeting this exception described above are met, the time to file a claim will be extended through the last day of the 6th calendar month following the month in which either the beneficiary or the provider or supplier received notification of Medicare entitlement effective retroactively to or before the date of the furnished service.
Medicare Guideline posts
- Finding Medicare fee schedule - HOw to Guide
- LCD and procedure to diagnosis lookup - How to Gui...
- Medicare Fee Schedule, Payment and Reimbursement Benefit Guideline,
- Step by step Guide Medicare participation program
- Medicare Fee for Office Visit CPT Codes - CPT Code 99213, 99214, 99203
- Medicare revalidation FAQ
- Gastroenterology, Colonoscopy, Endoscopy Medicare CPT Code Fee
- Medicare claim address, phone numbers, payor id - revised list
Top Medicare billing tips
Procedure code and description 93000 - Electrocardiogram, routine ECG with at least 12 leads; with interpretation and report -average fee...
CPT CODE and description 90460 - Immunization administration through 18 years of age via any route of administration, with counseling by ...
Flow Cytometry is a highly complex process by which blood, body fluids, bone marrow and tissue can be examined. It provides important immun...
CPT CODE and Description 97001 - Physical therapy evaluation Average fee payment $70 - $80 97002 - Physical therapy re-evaluation Ave...
This post has Most used J code list and we are constantly updating with example . If you are looking particular J code, use search button. ...
CPT CODE and Description 90785 - Interactive complexity (List separately in addition to the code for primary procedure) 90791 - Psychi...
Here is the big list of Medical terminology abbreviation @—at A & P—anatomy and physiology ab—abortion abd—abdominal ABG—arterial ...
Place of Service: A two-digit code used on health care professional claims to indicate the setting in which a service was provided. Place...
Complete Blood Count (CBC) Testing A complete blood count consists of measuring a blood specimen for levels of hemoglobin, hematocrit, red...
Procedure code and description 93015 (cardiovascular stress test using maximal or submaximal treadmill or bicycle exercise, continuous ele...