WASHINGTON, DC – Citing “technical issues,” CMS has decided to delay implementation of Phase Two of the Provider Enrollment, Chain, and Ownership System (PECOS). Originally scheduled to begin on May 1, Phase Two would have checked claims for an approved or validly opted-out physician or non-physician who is an eligible specialty type with a valid individual National Provider Identifier (NPI).
AAHomecare will advise members of the new implementation date as soon as CMS announces it. In the interim, CMS will continue to send informational messages for those claims that would have been denied had the edits been in place.
Brummett Joins AAHomecare Government Affairs Team
Kimberley Brummett will join AAHomecare as its new senior director of regulatory affairs. Brummett previously served as chair of the Association’s Regulatory Council. As senior director of regulatory and contracting for Advanced Home Care of High Point, NC, Brummett is keenly aware of the challenges faced by rank-and-file providers.
In addition to her work for Advanced Home Care over the past 15 years, Brummett has consulted nationally on a host of reimbursement issues, operational process design, and accounts receivable management. She is currently the chairperson of the Jurisdiction C Advisory Council for CGS and she serves as the immediate past president and board member of the North Carolina Association for Medical Equipment Services (NCAMES).
“It is a coup for AAHomecare to land Kim Brummett,” added Jeffrey S. Baird, chairman of the Health Care Group at Brown & Fortunato, Amarillo, Tex. “Kim is highly respected in the industry. Her experience ‘in the trenches’ will be of critical importance to AAHomecare.”