If you decide to file an Appeal
, ask your doctor, health care provider or supplier for any information that may help your case. If you are in the Original Medicare Plan and you aren't sure if Medicare was billed for the services you got, call or write to the health care provider or supplier and ask for an itemized statement. This statement will list each Medicare item or service you got from them. You should get the statement within 30 days. Also, check your MSN to see if the service was billed to Medicare. If the service was not billed to Medicare, tell the health care provider or supplier to submit the bill to Medicare.
If you are in the Original Medicare Plan, your health care provider or supplier may give you a notice called an "Advance Beneficiary Notice" that says Medicare probably (or certainly) won't pay some Medicare services in certain situations. This helps protect you from unexpected bills in some cases. If you still want to get the service, you will be asked to sign an agreement that you will pay for the service yourself if Medicare doesn't pay for it. You can still ask your health care provider or supplier to submit the bill to Medicare.
Medicare plans like HMOs, PPOs, and Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (Part D)
s have other ways of providing this information. If you are in one of these Medicare plans, call your plan to find out if a service or item will be covered.