CMS: New payment database coming Tuesday

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services says on Tuesday it will unveil a new database for providers to ease claims payments.

The National Provider Identifier database, which holds data providers and others need to process claims will be at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/NationalProvIdentStand/06a_DataDissemination.asp#TopOfPage.

All providers are legally required to obtain a National Provider Identifier number to make the transfer of information smoother between providers, payers and third parties. Medicare carriers and durable medical equipment Medicare Administrative Contractors actually will begin transitioning their systems to kick out claims they cannot claim beginning on Labor Day.