Your Guide to Navigating Medicare Enrollment as a Hospice Provider

Posted by Joe Stefansky on March 25, 2024 in Industry News, Nursing,

The exact steps for a provider or medical director of a hospice to enroll or opt-out of Medicare may vary, but generally, the process involves the following steps:

  1. Determine eligibility: Ensure that the provider or medical director meets the eligibility criteria for Medicare enrollment or opt-out. This may include having the necessary qualifications, licenses, and certifications.
  2. Obtain an NPI: Obtain a National Provider Identifier (NPI) if the provider or medical director doesn’t already have one. The NPI is a unique identification number assigned to healthcare providers.
  3. Complete the application: Fill out the appropriate enrollment or opt-out application. For enrollment, this may involve completing the CMS-855 application form. The specific form required may depend on the provider’s individual circumstances.
  4. Gather required documentation: Gather any required supporting documentation, such as licenses, certifications, proof of education, and identification.
  5. Submit the application: Submit the completed application and supporting documentation to the appropriate Medicare administrative contractor (MAC) for processing. The MAC will vary based on the provider’s geographic location.
  6. Await review and approval: The MAC will review the application and supporting documentation for completeness and compliance. This process may involve verifying credentials, conducting background checks, and confirming eligibility.
  7. Receive approval or denial: Once the application has been reviewed, the provider or medical director will receive notification of either approval or denial of their enrollment or opt-out status.

It is important to note that the specific requirements and process may vary, and it is recommended to consult with the MAC or a healthcare attorney for personalized guidance and assistance with the enrollment or opt-out process.


To Enroll visit here MLN9658742 – Medicare Provider Enrollment (

to Opt-Out visit here Manage Your Enrollment | CMS

About Joe Stefansky

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