by Jared Staheli
June 25th, 2015
For those eligible practitioners already working in or for hospitals or freestanding ambulatory care clinics, whether operated by the Indian Health Service (IHS) or by an Indian tribe or tribal organization, enroll and process requests for reassignment of benefits following the current individual practitioner enrollment and verification instructions. For practitioners enrolling to work in or reassign benefits to hospitals or freestanding ambulatory care clinics, whether operated by the IHS or by an Indian tribe or tribal organization, it is necessary only to verify licensure in one State even if it is not the State in which the practitioners practice. This only applies to federal employees and does not apply if the practitioner/physician is enrolling to work in or to reassign to an Indian tribe or tribal organization. For those disciplines that must be legally authorized to perform services in a State, the practitioner must be legally authorized to perform the services in at least one State, even if it is not the State where the practitioner practices with the IHS. An exception to the reassignment rules was made for physical therapist/occupational therapist, for details see §40.1.4, Reassignment.
For those practitioners who are already enrolled in Medicare Part B with the designated carrier, process requests to reassign benefits in accordance with current instructions. All other physicians and practitioners must enroll in the Medicare program with the designated carrier.
For those individual practitioners who are employees of an IHS, tribe, or tribal facility that provides offsite care to the IHS, tribe, or tribal Medicare Part B beneficiaries, the facility can bill if the employee reassigns his right to payment. However, the IHS, tribe, or tribal facility cannot bill for offsite services of a contract practitioner, unless the IHS, tribe, or tribal facility owns or leases the space where that contract practitioner provides the services.
However, when an IHS provider contracts with non-IHS physicians to perform interpretations of radiological services, the physicians may be paid by the IHS facility regardless of the location of the offsite practitioner, if services are contracted in accordance with the requirements listed in §120 of this Chapter. See §120 in this Chapter for further information.