Palmetto Loses Medicare MAC Contract; May Appeal


The Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) has named Noridian Administrative Services (NAS) as the new Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) for Medicare Parts A and B in California, Nevada, and Hawaii, as well as the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands (Jurisdiction E, previously called Jurisdiction 1). It is not yet clear whether Palmetto GBA - the current MAC for California - plans to appeal the decision. If there is an appeal, the process could take more than a year. If there is no appeal, the transition may occur mid –to-late 2013. CPMA will continue to inform members of developments and monitor the transition to ensure that it is as smooth as possible for doctors and their patients.