Anesthesia Billing: Referring Provider Edits Delayed

Anesthesia and Pain practices can breath a sigh of relief. The referring provider claims edits scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2011 have been delayed until July 5th.

Anesthesiologists and CRNAs who order or refer services for Medicare beneficiaries must be enrolled in the Medicare Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS) and must be of a type/specialty that is eligible to order/refer services for Medicare beneficiaries. The new implementation date for Phase 2 is being delayed and will not begin on January 3, 2011. A placeholder date of July 5, 2011 has been stated in the revised CR 6417.