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Last Modified: 5/3/2019 Location: FL, PR, USVI Business: Part A, Part B

Administrative Simplification Compliance Act (ASCA) enforcement unusual circumstance waiver request

This article is based on change request (CR) 10559 external pdf file which reduces confusion and clarifies the ASCA waiver process guidelines found in the Medicare Claims Processing Manual 100-04, Chapter 24, Section 90. external pdf file
A provider may submit a waiver request to their Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) claiming an “unusual circumstance” outside of their control prevents the submission of electronic claims. It is the responsibility of the provider to submit the appropriate documentation including the following information:
Provider name
National Provider Identifier (NPI)
Provider Transaction Access Number (PTAN)
Practice location address
Valid email address
Phone number
Signature of provider’s authorized or delegated official as reported in the CMS 855 enrollment application
This information will be used to establish the validity of the request. Requests received without documentation, and the above stated information, will be denied by First Coast Service Options (First Coast). If First Coast agrees the waiver request has merits, First Coast will send the request to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for review and issuance of a final decision.
If First Coast does not consider the request as an “unusual circumstance”, and does not recommend CMS’ approval, First Coast will issue a response to the provider.
If a provider feels their situation merits an unusual circumstance waiver request, the provider may submit their request to:
Post: First Coast Medicare EDI
Attention ASCA
PO BOX 44071
Jacksonville, FL 32231-4071
Fax: 904-361-0470
Additional information regarding the Administrative Simplification Compliance Act can be found at: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Billing/ElectronicBillingEDITrans/index.html external link.
Source: CR 10559
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