Mayo Clinic in Florida does not accept Medicare assignment for professional and physician services covered under Medicare Part B. The clinic still follows an established fee schedule set by the federal government. Not accepting assignment means patients covered by Medicare insurance may pay more out of pocket. Medicare (and most supplemental insurers) will make payments directly to the patient, and the patient is responsible for paying Mayo. Patients with Medicare insurance are not asked to make a payment "up front" unless a service is considered noncovered by Medicare.
Mayo Clinic's Florida campus accepts Preferred Provider Organizations (PPO) and Private Fee-for-Service (PFFS) Medicare Advantage Plans (MAPs). Health Maintenance Organizations MAPs are not accepted. Since this is new (December 2011), some printed literature may state that the Florida campus does not accept these plans.
Mayo Clinic will file your primary claim to Medicare. If you have a Medigap or supplemental insurance, Mayo Clinic will submit a claim on your behalf. If your plan includes an automatic crossover option, Medicare will submit the claim to your supplemental plan without your interaction. If you don't know whether your policy has this crossover feature, contact the company that issued the policy.
Medicare considers some items or services to be routine or noncovered. A few examples are: eye refraction, foot care, hearing aids, cosmetic surgery, routine screenings and annual checkup visits. Patients are financially responsible for these services. In addition, there are other items or services for which Medicare determines payment based on the diagnosis. Patients may be asked to sign an Advanced Beneficiary Notice (ABN) which informs them that one or more scheduled items or services may not be covered. Any questions regarding a specific item or service should be directed to Medicare at 800-633-4227 (toll free).
If Medicare denies a claim, patients should follow the instructions at the bottom of the MSN form.
Patients receive an itemized statement each month for items or services Mayo provided. They also receive a statement if an outstanding balance remains on their account. This statement will detail any new items or services and summarize any payment activity that has occurred on the account that month. As a nonparticipating Medicare Part B provider, Mayo does not receive a copy of the patient's MSN. Therefore, patients are responsible for and should verify that Medicare has considered all items or services. Patients can do this by comparing the MSN forms received from Medicare to the monthly statements from Mayo.
Mayo Clinic requests payment in full when patients receive the Mayo statement. Please remember that Medicare payments and reimbursements from most supplemental insurers are sent directly to patients. Mayo accepts personal checks, credit cards or money orders. Payments should be mailed to Mayo Clinic, P.O. Box 790124, St. Louis, MO 63179-0124.