A/B Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) Award Update

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Sent: Tuesday, March 18, 2008 4:18 PM
Subject: A/B Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) Award Update

The Medicare Administrative Contractor (A/B MAC) award for Jurisdiction 12 (J12) has been restored to Highmark Medicare Services (HMS) of Camp Hill , Pennsylvania .  All of the workload will be transitioned into the new MAC contract by the end of 2008.

This announcement follows the resolution of a protest filed with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) of the A/B MAC award made under solicitation CMS-2006-0033 and announced by CMS on October 24, 2007.

Highmark Medicare Services will be the A/B MAC for the states of Pennsylvania , New Jersey , Maryland , Delaware , and the District of Columbia and will serve as the first point of contact for the processing and payment of Medicare fee-for-service claims from hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, physicians and other health care practitioners in this geographical area.

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