On January 7, 2009, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the five consolidated Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) that will process and pay Medicare claims for 14 states from the Midwest and South. The new MACs replace the current two-tier Medicare processing system of: 1) fiscal intermediaries that process claims for Medicare Part A providers; and 2) carriers that process claims for Part B providers. CMS chose the MACs based on a technical and past performance evaluation, a cost realism analysis and overall cost reasonableness. CMS believes these new contracts will help the Medicare program save money and provide better service to healthcare providers. The new MACs will immediately begin their implementation activities and will assume full responsibility for the claims processing work in their respective jurisdictions no later than March 2010.

Palmetto Government Benefits Administrators, LLC (Palmetto GBA).

Palmetto GBA has been awarded a contract for the combined administration of Part A/Part B Medicare claims payment in Jurisdiction 11, which is comprised of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. Palmetto GBA has its operational headquarters in Columbia, SC, with some operations in Columbus, Ohio. Click here for access to Palmetto GBA’s website.

Highmark Medicare Services (HMS).

HMS has been awarded a contract for the combined administration of Part A/Part B Medicare claims payment in Jurisdiction 15, which is comprised of Kentucky and Ohio. HMS is headquartered in Camp Hill, PA. Click here for access to HMS’s website.

Additional information regarding all MACs can be found here.