Providers are familiar with the many delays that have affected the PECOS project. Due to repeated delays, Phase 1 has essentially been in effect for 3.5 years in one form or another; represented to providers via GEN response rejections (pre-5010) then as N544 remark codes on remittance advices (post-5010).
In March 2013, CMS announced that May 1st would be the Phase 2 implementation date. Yet five days prior to implementation, we have another delay. What does that mean to providers? At MiraVista we are advising providers “Don’t get too comfortable”. The delay is due to a technical issue and is not intended to offer providers a substantial break. We have no way to officially determine when a resolution will occur, but these types of minor issues can be fixed in as little as 30 days. As such, providers should continue to review their records and ensure accuracy to be prepared for implementation.
Providers are encouraged to reach out to their Representatives to gather support for the new legislation. AAHomecare has provided a template letter to assist in this process which can be accessed here: http://action.aahomecare.org/9244/stop-medicare-bidding-program-home-medical-equipment/. The bill was introduced with a total of 25 co-sponsors, so be sure to reach out and thank those congressional members who are in support of this pivotal piece of legislation. Providers can also show their support by joining AAHomecare on Capitol Hill for the Washington Legislative Conference on May 22-23rd to lobby on behalf of the DME industry (Register here: https://www.aahomecare.org/events/2013/5/washington-legislative-conference)
Bill Text: http://tomprice.house.gov/sites/tomprice.house.gov/files/HR%201717.pdf