Medicare is a government-administered program providing health insurance to 43 million Americans. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implements laws and establishes policies affecting Medicare and contracts with health care professionals to process Medicare claims. Medicare rules require that services provided by physician assistants (PAs) be reimbursed at 85 percent of the physician fee schedule unless in specific billing exceptions (“incident to” and “shared visits billing”) . A PA must enroll in the Medicare program by submitting the 855I form, and use his or her National Provider Identifier (NPI) number to alert the carrier to implement the 15 percent discount.
CMS brief explaining “incident-to“
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