American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
June 29, 2010

Opportunity for Medicare Enrolled Nonparticipating SLPs and Audiologists to Become Participating

President Obama recently signed into law the Preservation of Access to Care for Medicare Beneficiaries and Pension Relief Act of 2010, which establishes a 2.2% update to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) payment rates, retroactive from June 1 through November 30, 2010. In light of this law, the Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) is offering Medicare-enrolled providers who are nonparticipating providers (a provider that receives payment from patients) the opportunity to become a participating provider (a provider that receives payments directly from Medicare). Medicare-enrolled speech-language pathologists and audiologists that chose to be a nonparticipating provider can become a participating provider by filling out the Medicare Participating Physician or Supplier Agreement (CMS-460 form [PDF]) and sending the form to their Medicare contractor. The CMS-460 form can be found on the CMS Web site [PDF]. The change in participation status will apply to claims submitted after the CMS-460 form is processed.

This opportunity will be available through July 16, 2010. If you have any questions, contact Kate Romanow, ASHA's director of health care regulatory advocacy, at or at 800-498-2071, ext. 5671.

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