Physicians seeking assistance in the transition in Medicare contractors Palmetto GBA to Noridian, scheduled for September 16, 2013, can now access valuable resources on the CMA Medicare Transition webpage at www.cmanet.org/medicare-transition. This page contains several updates and important information regarding the transition in one easy-to-access location. All resources related to the Medicare transition will be accessible through this site.

The CMA has also recently published a new guide to assist members in the Medicare Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). The guide, "Getting Started with the Medicare Physician Quality Reporting System" is available to members only, and can be downloaded by visiting the CMA resource library at http://www.cmanet.org/resource-library. Medicare will start penalizing physicians in 2015 based on whether they successfully report quality measures in 2013 as part of PQRS. To avoid the 1.5% penalty in 2015, physicians need only report one individual quality measure for at least one patient.  Individuals may use any of four available reporting methods described in the CMA guide.

CMA resources include:

  1. CMA’s Medicare Transition Guide: What physicians need to knowThis guide, which members can download free from the CMA website, includes an FAQ that includes information on the transition dates, what will remain the same with the transition and what will change, Noridian’s online provider portal, what practices can do to prepare for the transition, and links to additional resources and ways to stay apprised of new information on the transition.

  2. CMA Practice Resources (CPR)CMA Practice Resources is a free monthly newsletter from CMA’s practice management experts that focuses on critical payor and health care industry issues, including the Medicare transition, and how these issues directly impact the business of a physician practice. To sign up, visit the CMA website or contact CMA Member Services at (800) 786-4262.

  3. CMA webinarAt the request of CMA, Noridian has agreed to conduct a webinar for CMA members on August 7 from 12:15-1:30pm.  The other webinars Noridian is offering is open to all provider types in California, Nevada, Hawaii, and the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. However, the August 7 webinar will be limited to CMA members and will give attendees an opportunity to ask their specific questions. For those who miss the live webinar, it will be available on-demand via the CMA website.

  4. Content alert updates - The CMA website allows registered users to create custom content alerts on the top­ics that are of interest to you. Once signed up, you will be notified any time there is new content posted in one of your interested areas, including Medicare issues. To sign up, users should visit their account dashboard on the CMA website and click on “my alerts,” then select “Insurance Reimbursement -> Medicare.”

Additional Resources

  • Noridian’s transition website: The Noridian transition website includes information on what’s new/changing and what will remain the same during and after the transition.

Additional Medicare-related Resources


  1. Medicare Enrollment Guide for Physicians - This document guides physicians through the enrollment process and assists enrolled physicians who are making changes or who must revalidate their enrollment.

  2. Getting Started with the Medicare Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) – this guide assists physicians with understanding and complying with PQRS.

  3. Medicare Electronic Prescribing Overview: Payment Incentives and Payment Reductions – Overview of electronic prescribing (eRX) program, including incentive payments for physicians who e-prescribe and payment penalties for physicians who do not.

  4. Medicare Part B Important Changes: What they mean to your practice

  5. Medicare Audit Guide for Physicians – Guide for preparing and responding to a Medicare audit.

  6. Various Medicare webinars available on demand at www.cmanet.org/events

  7. Numerous Medicare-related CMA On-Call documents can be downloaded at www.cmanet.org

The Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) first announced in September 2012 that Noridian Healthcare Solutions has been named the new Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) for Medicare Parts A and B in California, Nevada and Hawaii, as well as the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands (Jurisdiction E, previously called Jurisdiction 1).