Thursday, June 10, 2010

What is the importance of accept assignment?

Field 27 

Item 27 - Check the appropriate block to indicate whether the provider of service or supplier accepts assignment of Medicare benefits. If Medigap is indicated in item 9 and Medigap payment authorization is given in item 13, the provider of service or supplier shall also be a Medicare participating provider of service or supplier and accept assignment of Medicare benefits for all covered charges for all patients.

The following providers of service/suppliers and claims can only be paid on an assignment basis:
• Clinical diagnostic laboratoservices;
• Physician services to individuals dually entitledry  to Medicare and Medicaid;
• Participating physician/supplier services;
• Services of physician assistants, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse midwives, certified registered nurse anesthetists, clinical psychologists, and clinical social workers;
• Ambulatory surgical center services for covered ASC procedures;
• Home dialysis supplies and equipment paid under Method II;
• Ambulance services;
• Drugs and biologicals; and
• Simplified Billing Roster for influenza virus vaccine and pneumococcal vaccine.

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