Free standing Rural Health Clinics in California have a new Medicare Fiscal Intermediary (F.I.), effective July 17th 2009. This change is not applicable to hospital or provider-based RHC’s, who remain with the F.I. of the hospital, usually Palmetto GBA. The previous free standing RHC intermediary was Riverbend GBA in Chattanooga, TN. All free standing RHC’s were sent a letter dated June 8th which introduced Cahaba and provided a Submitter Identification number and password for logging into their electronic billing system. Cahaba will have the same billing system as Riverbend.
In order to transition the California RHC’s smoothly, Cahaba GBA is requesting the completion and submission of a new Electronic Funds Transfer Agreement (CMS-588). This will permit the new F.I. to identify the RHC and continue processing Medicare claims for payment. The first electronic payments from Cahaba began on Friday, August 7th.
The CMS-588 form is a two page application which lists the clinic information and the corresponding bank account information for electronic reimbursement of Medicare claims. Remember to include a copy of your deposit slip showing the bank account number which matches the application.
For more information and where to mail the completed form to, call 1-800-633-4227 or visit their website at: www.cahabagba.com. If you have any questions or need assistance in this transition, please contact Bill Deane at (510) 768-0066 extension 246.