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Medicare claims must be filed within one full calendar year following the year in which the services were provided. For example, if you see your physician on March 22, 2010, the Medicare claim for that visit must be filed by December 31, 2011.
Note: This information on filing a Medicare claim only applies if you are in the Original Medicare Plan. If you get your Medicare healthcare through a Managed Care Plan or a Private Fee-for-Service Plan, Medicare claims are not filed. Medicare pays these private insurance companies a set amount every month. Therefore, they do not need to file Medicare claims.
You pay your share of the bill (coinsurance and deductibles) to the provider or supplier. The provider or supplier files a Medicare claim. Medicare pays its share of the bill directly to the provider or supplier.
Note: Only physicians and suppliers can decide not to accept assignment.
If your physician or supplier does not accept assignment for covered services, your physician or supplier may require that you pay most or all of the bill at the time you receive services or supplies. However, the physician or supplier is still required to file a Medicare claim on your behalf. Medicare then pays its share of the bill directly to you. Medicare cannot pay you its share of the bill until a Medicare claim is filed.
You will need to print out and complete the form called Patient’s Request for Medical Payment, Form CMS 1490S. The form is available for download on cms.hhs.gov in the CMS Forms section. Once there, you will need to do three things: (1) print out the 1490S form; (2) select and print out the applicable instructions; and (3) review all of the information on this page about how to file a claim form.
If you want Medicare to give your personal health information to someone other than you, you need to let Medicare know in writing. You can fill out the "1-800 Medicare Authorization to Disclose Personal Health Information" form. Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) to get a copy of the form.
Learn more at Medicare,gov: http://www.medicare.gov/navigation/medicare-basics/medicare-basics-overview.aspx