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Medicare updates website provider resources

Washington—Updates to the Medicare Physician Compare website offer a new menu option, “Provider Resources,” with information on Internet-based PECOS and an improved feedback tool dentists can use to contact website administrators with questions or concerns.

A link to information on the Provider Enrollment, Chain, and Ownership System notes that changes to PECOS may take three to six months to update in Physician Compare. Another Provider Resource page, “Keeping Your Information Current – An Important Note to Physicians and Other Healthcare Professionals,” offers access to the feedback tool.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has approved a simplified form for dentists and other health care providers enrolling in Medicare for the sole purpose of ordering Medicare-covered items or referring Medicare patients for covered services but has yet to issue a final regulation on enrollment for ordering/referring purposes.