Medicare coordination of benefits
When a Kaiser Permanente Medicare-eligible member is not eligible for our Medicare Advantage plans, we will coordinate benefits with traditional Medicare.
When Medicare is the primary payer, you must bill Medicare directly for services through the Medicare crossover process.
Note: Do not bill Kaiser Permanente for claims that will crossover electronically. This creates duplicate billing or payment. Remember to check your Medicare explanation of payment form, Reason Code MA18.
When Kaiser Permanente has referred the service, we will provide payment for all covered balances.
CMS Qualified Medicare Beneficiary Program
The Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) program provides Medicare coverage of Part A and Part B premiums and cost sharing to low-income Medicare beneficiaries. In 2017, 7.7 million people (more than one out of eight people with Medicare) were in the QMB program.
Billing Protections for QMBs
Federal law forbids Medicare providers and suppliers, including pharmacies, from billing people in the QMB program for Medicare cost sharing. Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in the QMB program have no legal obligation to pay Medicare Part A or Part B deductibles, coinsurance, or copays for any Medicare-covered items and services.
Federal law bars Medicare providers and suppliers from billing an individual enrolled in the QMB program for Medicare Part A and Part B cost-sharing under any circumstances (see Sections 1902(n)(3)(B), 1902(n)(3)(C), 1905(p)(3), 1866(a)(1)(A), and 1848(g)(3)(A) of the Social Security Act [the Act]). The QMB program provides Medicaid coverage of Medicare Part A and Part B premiums and cost sharing to low-income Medicare beneficiaries. QMB is an eligibility category under the Medicare Savings Programs. In 2016, 7.5 million individuals (more than one out of eight beneficiaries) were enrolled in the QMB program.
Providers and suppliers may bill State Medicaid agencies for Medicare cost-sharing amounts. However, as permitted by Federal law, States can limit Medicare cost-sharing payments, under certain circumstances. Regardless, persons enrolled in the QMB program have no legal liability to pay Medicare providers for Medicare Part A or Part B cost-sharing. Medicare providers who do not follow these billing prohibitions are violating their Medicare Provider Agreement and may be subject to sanctions (see Sections 1902(n)(3)(C), 1905(p)(3), 1866(a)(1)(A), and 1848(g)(3)(A) of the Act).
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