July 13th, 2015
If a beneficiary erroneously submits a Form CMS-1490 (beneficiary-filed claim form) to a carrier with an itemized bill for services that must be paid by the FI, the carrier forwards such claims to the FI for the necessary action. The FI will inform the provider to submit a claim once the information is received from the carrier.
If the claim covers a combination of services both within and outside the carrier’s jurisdiction the carrier should retain the Form CMS-1490 and any claims material needed for processing and forward a photocopy of the Form CMS-1490 and other claims materials to the other involved carrier(s) or FI(s). The carrier should notify the beneficiary when it transfers the claim.
The patient’s signature on the Form CMS-1490 satisfied the signature requirement and protects the filing date for the provider billings. (See §70.1 for time limitations for filing claims).