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What is Medicare Assignment?

Assignment means that your doctor, provider, or supplier agrees (or is required by law) to accept the Medicare-approved amount as full payment for covered services.

If your doctor, provider, or supplier accepts assignment:

• Your out-of-pocket costs may be less.
• They agree to charge you only the Medicare deductible and coinsurance amount and usually wait for Medicare to pay its share before asking you to pay your share.
• They have to submit your claim directly to Medicare and can’t charge you for submitting the claim.

Non-participating providers haven’t signed an agreement to accept assignment for all Medicare-covered services, but they can still choose to accept assignment for individual services. These providers are called “non-participating.” Here’s what happens if your doctor, provider, or supplier doesn’t accept assignment:

• You might have to pay the entire charge at the time of service. Your doctor, provider, or supplier is supposed to submit a claim to Medicare for any Medicare-covered services they provide to you. If they don’t submit the Medicare claim once you ask them to call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users can call 1-877-486-2048.
• They can charge you more than the Medicare-approved amount, but there’s a limit called “the limiting charge.

To find out if someone accepts assignment or participates in Medicare, visit Medicare.gov/physician or Medicare.gov/supplier. Or, you can call 1-800-MEDICARE.

Certain doctors and other health care providers who don’t want to enroll in the Medicare program may “opt out” of Medicare. You can still see these providers, but they must enter into a private contract with you (unless you’re in need of emergency or urgently needed care). Medicare won’t pay for any services you get under a private contract, so you’ll pay the provider’s entire
charge out of your own pocket. You and your provider will set up your own payment terms through the private contract.  Medicare and You  * 

More Resources

CA Health Care Advocates on assignment in Original Medicare

Kaiser Foundation – Primary Care MD’s accepting Medicare

How Medicare Part A & B claims are processed

Medicare Provider Finder

medicare.gov assignment

Details on how to opt out of Medicare for MD’s – Assoc. of American Physicians & Surgeons – Note the rules on notifying patients

concierge medicine md.com/

Calif Health Line 8.9.2013 – Discussion

Medicare Physician Fee Schedule on CMS.gov

Fee Schedules  

Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Resource-Based Relative Value Scale (RBRVS)  The Medicare RBRVS physician fee schedule replaced the Medicare physician payment system of “customary, prevailing, and reasonable”

ASC Fee Schedule

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Here's the Medicare.Gov search tool for MD's that take Medicare.  If a MD or facility doesn't allow you to use Medicare, you must sign an agreement so stating!

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