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NACDS, NCPA Urge Doctors to Enroll Now in Medicare's PECOS System to Preserve Patient Access to Durable Medical Equipment
Date:7/14/2010

ommunity pharmacists support appropriate efforts to ensure that Medicare dollars are spent wisely, but beneficiaries' access to local pharmacies for their legitimate health care needs must be protected," said NACDS President and CEO Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE and Douglas Hoey, RPh, NCPA Acting Executive Vice President and CEO. "We commend CMS for striking the right balance by not implementing changes that would automatically reject claims based on orders, certifications, and referrals made by providers who have not had their applications approved by July 6, 2010. Community pharmacists report that as many as 30 percent of DMEPOS claims are being rejected. That's a clear warning sign supporting CMS' delay of the July 6th PECOS date. We urge all doctors to enroll or update their record in PECOS now to ensure their patients can continue to have uninterrupted access to essential medical products at their local pharmacies."

Starting July 6, 2010, federal regulations require that providers who order or refer durable medical equipment and supplies be enrolled in PECOS for reimbursement claims to be processed. On June 30, just before the regulation took effect, CMS announced that the agency will not implement automatic rejections of claims based on providers who have not had their PECOS enrollment approved b
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