At long last, Medicare is giving physicians who specialize in sleep medicine a little recognition by giving them their own specialty code. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) makes new specialty code CØ official in transmittal 2462. The new code is effective April 1, 2012.
Sleep medicine doctors can self-designate their specialty on the Medicare enrollment application (CMS-855I) or Internet-based Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS) when they enroll in the Medicare program, or revalidate their enrollment.
Also in this transmittal, CMS establishes sports medicine code 23 for durable medical equipment Medicare administrative contractors (DME MACs) and ViPS Medicare System (VMS). This specialty code has already been established for Part A/B MACs, fiscal intermediaries (FIs), carriers, and regional home health intermediaries (RHHIs) and their respective shared system maintainers in transmittal 2098.
Specialty codes are used by CMS for programmatic and claims processing purposes.
May 11th, 2012