Become a Medicare Provider or Supplier
Ready to become a Medicare provider or supplier? This guide will help you enroll in three steps.
Do not use this guide if…
Medicare Enrollment Guide
for Providers & Suppliers
Use this guide if any of the following apply:
- You’re a health care provider who wants to bill Medicare for your services and also have the ability to order and certify.
- You don’t want to bill Medicare for your services, but you do want enroll in Medicare solely to order and certify.
- You wish to provide services to beneficiaries but do not want to bill Medicare for your services. (In this case, you would need to opt out of Medicare.)
- You want to enroll as a supplier who does not dispense or furnish durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS). (You can still use this guide if you dispense Part B drugs used with DMEPOS, such as inhalation drugs.)
Step 1: Get an NPI
If you already have an NPI, skip this step and proceed to Step 2.
NPIs are issued through the National Plan & Provider Enumeration System (NPPES). You can apply for an NPI on the NPPES website. Not sure if you have an NPI? Search the NPI Registry.
Step 2: Complete the Medicare Enrollment Application
Enroll using PECOS,i the online Medicare enrollment system. PECOS has video and print tutorials and will walk you through your enrollment to ensure your information is accurate. Complete the online PECOS application.
Step 3: Work with Your MAC
Your Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) is specific to the region where you practice and may have additional requests for information while they process your application. You can also check in with your MAC regarding your enrollment status. Contact Your MAC (PDF).
Keep Your Information Current
It’s important to keep your enrollment information up to date. To avoid having your Medicare billing privileges revoked, be sure to report the following changes within 30 days:
- a change in ownership
- an adverse legal action
- a change in practice location
You must report all other changes within 90 days. If you applied online, you can keep your information up to date in PECOS. If you applied using a paper application, you’ll need to resubmit your form to update information.
Need Help with Your Enrollment?
Your MAC can help you navigate the enrollment process and answer questions about your application. Contact your MAC (PDF).
i If you’re unable to apply online using PECOS, you can use a paper application form.
ii If your institution has obtained accreditation from a CMS-approved accreditation organization, you will not need to participate in State Survey Agency surveys. You must inform the State Survey Agency that your institution is accredited. Accreditation is voluntary; CMS doesn’t require it for Medicare enrollment. For more information, visit the Accreditation of Medicare Certified Providers & Suppliers page.