CERT A/B MAC Outreach & Education Task Force

Cert logoPart A/B Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) share a common goal to reduce the Medicare national payment error rate as measured by the Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) program. In 2013, MACs joined forces to educate on issues of mutual concern regarding claim errors. The partnership led to creation of the CERT A/B MAC Outreach & Education Task Force with the full support of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

This new partnership affords providers the benefit of a collaborative, consistent voice to reduce costly claim denials as well as the CERT error rate.

Educational Strategy 

The CERT A/B MAC Outreach & Education Task Force will select one to four national CERT “hot topics” each year. The topics may focus on multiple provider types, or focus on certain specialties or facility types. The group will then periodically publish scenario-driven articles with tips focused on avoiding specific errors. Each contractor will also highlight the scenarios in any of their individual educational activities.



Disclaimer: Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) Part A and Part B (A/B) Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) Outreach & Education Task Force is independent from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) CERT team and CERT contractors, which are responsible for calculation of the Medicare fee-for-service improper payment rate.

Page last updated:
March 11, 2014


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