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CMS on PECOS: Docs as ready as they'll ever be


WASHINGTON – After two years of outreach, CMS officials say they expect most claims to pass upcoming edits in the Provider Enrollment, Chain, and Ownership System (PECOS).

In brief: PECOS goes live, provider accepts 41 bid contracts


BALTIMORE – It’s official: CMS will start rejecting claims that contain the names of physicians not enrolled in the Provider Enrollment, Chain, and Ownership System (PECOS) on May 1, the agency announced March 1.

Here's your warning: PECOS edits on way


BALTIMORE – CMS will kick off phase 2 of the Provider Enrollment, Chain, and Ownership System (PECOS) on May 1, it announced March. 1.

The year in HME News stories

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

It will surprise none of our readers that stories on competitive bidding were the 1st and 2nd most viewed stories on HME News’ website in 2010: “CMS releases names of winning bidders,” with 7,734 views; and

Providers should be ready to go Jan. 3


BALTIMORE - HME providers next month may start seeing claims denied if they contain the names of physicians who aren't enrolled in PECOS.

What were you doing at 2 p.m.?

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

This afternoon, I was one of 223 listeners to the Open Door Forum.

Keep calling us—under one condition


As we scrambled wildly to keep up with the news leading up to the printing of this issue, I couldn’t help but think: If we’re this strung out, as mere third-party observers and reporters, what’s it like to be an actual HME provider right now?

PECOS: What a long and strange trip it's been

Friday, June 25, 2010

When we reported in late May that, per an interim final rule published that month, physicians must enroll in the Provider Enrollment, Chair and Ownership System (PECOS) by July 6, not Jan. 3, we were inundated with e-mails and phone calls.

This can't be, providers said!

If I'm an idiot, then what is CMS?


A few weeks ago, I was sitting at my desk at HME News' world headquarters here in Yarmouth, Maine, when as often happens, my phone rang. I picked up the receiver and said, "Hello, this is Mike."

Letter to the editor


Physician gives his take on Medicare's new PECOS system.