CMS announced the final five Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) that will process and pay Medicare claims for health care services. The new contracts will be administered for up to five years for Medicare Part A and Part B claims in 14 states, mostly in the South and Midwest. CMS now has met its goal of awarding all 15 MAC contracts.

The contractors will assume full responsibility for the claims processing work in their respective jurisdictions no later than March 2010. During the implementation period, the Part A and Part B MAC contractors will be conducting extensive outreach to health care providers and others in their jurisdictions to provide education and information about the implementation. The five new MACs are:

Noridian Administrative Services, LLC (NAS) has been awarded the contract for handling Part A/Part B Medicare claims payments in Jurisdiction 6, comprised of Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin. NAS is headquartered in Fargo, North Dakota. For more information about NAS, please click here.

National Government Services (NGS) has been awarded the contract for Jurisdiction 8, comprised of Indiana and Michigan. NGS is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. You can find more information about NGS here.

Cahaba Government Benefit Administrators, LLC (CGBA) has been awarded the contract for Jurisdiction 10, comprised of Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. CGBA is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. You can find CGBA’s website here.

Palmetto Government Benefits Administrators, LLC (Palmetto) has been awarded the contract for Jurisdiction 11, comprised of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. Palmetto has its operational headquarters in Columbia, South Carolina, with some operations performed in Columbus, Ohio. For more information about Palmetto, please click here.

Highmark Medicare Services (HMS) has been awarded the contract for Jurisdiction 15 comprised of Kentucky and Ohio. HMS is headquartered in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. You can find HMS’s website here.