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Monday, June 25, 2012

CMS: NOVITAS SWITCH NO PROBLEM

This fall’s switch from TrailBlazer Health Enterprises to Novitas Solutions to administer Texas Medicare claims will not cause problems for physicians, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner assured U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, MD (R-Texas). She said in a letter to Representative Burgess that CMS is working with Novitas and TrailBlazer to make sure the change does not disrupt services to physicians caring for Medicare patients. Ms. Tavenner wrote Representative Burgess in response to his letter expressing concern about the change and its impact on physicians. He had raised concerns over several issues, including physicians having to complete new electronic funds transfer agreements and using a new electronic claims filing system. Texas physicians will switch to Novitas, formerly known as Highmark Medicare Services, on Nov. 19. TMA is working worked closely with Novitas to make sure Texas physicians stay informed and have the information they need to make a smooth transition to Novitas.

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