Are you in PECOS?

Are you a Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant? Do you see Medicare patients? If so, you’ll want to make sure you are listed in PECOS – Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System.

CMS continues to urge physicians and non-physician practitioners who are enrolled in Medicare but who have not updated their Medicare enrollment record since November 2003 to update their enrollment record now. If these physicians and non-physician practitioners have no changes to their enrollment data, they need to submit an initial enrollment application which will establish a current enrollment record in PECOS.

Visit this CMS  page to learn more.

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  1. I am an NP in the process of becoming PECOS certified. It is unclear as to what that allow me to do. I am told that ONLY physicians can order for SNF patients in california. I currently work for VA. Any information would be helpful.

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    You are correct, only physicians – nation-wide – can admit to SNFs. The same with ordering home health and hospice. It’s not a California issue. Being credentialed with Medicare will allow you to bill for your services.

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  4. I have my NP already registered and credentialed with Medicare in PECOS. We are still getting kick back with them trying to sign Home Health Care orders. what can we do? Is there another credentialing step needed? Thank you

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  6. I am a pediatric nurse practitioner that works with medicaid patients. Do I need to register with pecos and how? Our imaging company that we have been using for the last 14 years is not accepting our pts now unless they pay cash.


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    Hi Pam,

    Is it that your imaging company does not have a Medicaid contract? Have they asked you to enroll in Medicare?
    PECOS is the online Medicare enrollment management system which allows you to: Enroll as a Medicare provider or supplier. Revalidate (renew) your enrollment. Withdraw from the Medicare program.
    ~ Barbara

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