Decrease Medicare Paperwork Time by 50 Percent

December 12, 2008

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Now there's a better way for physicians and non-physician practitioners to enroll or make a change in their Medicare enrollment information. The Internet-based Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS) will allow physicians and non-physician practitioners to enroll, make a change in their Medicare enrollment, view their Medicare enrollment information on file with Medicare, and check on the status of a Medicare enrollment application via the Internet.

By submitting the initial Medicare enrollment application through Internet-based PECOS, a physician or non-physician practitioner's enrollment application can be processed as much as 50 percent faster than by paper. This means that it will take less time to enroll.

On December 4, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that Internet-based PECOS is available to physicians and non-physician practitioners in 15 states, but will expand its availability for physicians and non-physician practitioners to all 50 states by March, 1, 2009.

Currently, PECO is available in the District of Columbia and the following states:

Delaware Minnesota New Jersey
Idaho Missouri North Carolina
Illinois Nebraska Pennsylvania
Iowa Maryland Tennessee
Kansas Michigan Wisconsin

CMS has released extensive information about Internet-based PECOS, including important information that physicians and non-physician practitioners should know before submitting a Medicare enrollment application via Internet-based PECOS. Read the CMS Overview.