APPLY FOR CERTIFICATION AS A PORTABLE X-RAY SUPPLIER:
It is critical to begin the process by submitting an application for Medicare enrollment through the designated MAC (Medicare Administrative Contractor). This is generally a lengthy process and must be completed before the State Agency and CMS can continue with certification. To apply for enrollment, the applicant must have an assigned NPI (National Provider Identifier) issued by the National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES).
The MAC for Portable X-Ray Suppliers in Louisiana is Novitas Solutions. The Novitas website provides options for enrolling online and/or by mail.
Once notification of an approved recommendation for enrollment has been received from Novitas (i.e., the "MAC Recommendation Letter"), the process can continue. Although Novitas will issue a copy of the letter and the completed 855B to the State Agency (SA) directly, the supplier may wish to submit to SA a copy of the letter received, with the completed Application for Certification (form CMS1880) and a Letter of Intent.
PRIORITY EXCEPTION REQUEST:
Providers or suppliers may apply to CMS via the State Survey Agency requesting consideration for an exception to the priority assignment of the initial survey if lack of Medicare certification would cause significant access-to-care problems for beneficiaries served by the provider or supplier. There is no special form required to make a priority request. However, the burden is on the applicant to provide data and other evidence that effectively establishes the probability of serious, adverse beneficiary healthcare access consequences if the provider is not enrolled to participate in Medicare.
The documents required to schedule an initial certification survey should be submitted to:
P.O. Box 3767
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-3767