How do you get a Medicare provider number?


Quick Answer

A doctor or medical provider obtains a Medicare provider number after completing the online application or mailing a completed application and receiving approval. A provider enrollment, chain and ownership system provides the online application, while prospective participants use CMS-855 for mail application, says the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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Full Answer

PECOS allows a Medicare provider to view his account, change his Medicare enrollment status, check the status of his application and enroll in the program, explains the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. A Medicare administrative contractor provides additional answers when requested by applicants and current providers of Medicare and Medicaid.

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