Highmark Medicare Services Awarded New Contract from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Five-year contract expected to add more than 500 jobs

CAMP HILL , Pa., Nov. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the selection of Highmark Medicare Services Inc. as the new Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) for handling both Medicare Part A and Part B fee-for-service claims in the states of Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and New Mexico. Highmark Medicare Services will process Medicare fee-for-services claims and other administrative services for hospitals and other institutional providers, physicians, and health care practitioners in these states.  

As part of the new, five-year contract, Highmark Medicare Services anticipates adding more than 500 jobs.

Highmark Medicare Services currently administers the MAC contract for Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia.  Highmark Medicare Services also administers payment processing for the Federal Reimbursement of Emergency Health Services Furnished to Undocumented Aliens, as authorized under Section 1011 of the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act (MMA).  Section 1011 is a national contract that serves all 50 states.

Highmark Medicare Services will continue to maintain offices in Camp Hill, Pittsburgh, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and Hunt Valley, Maryland.

Highmark Medicare Services.

Highmark Medicare Services administers contracts on behalf of the Federal government and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Highmark Inc.  Highmark Medicare Services' mission is to provide quality services and innovative solutions in the administration of our government contracts, according to our core values (fiscal responsibility, operational excellence, customer focus, continuous improvement, and commitment to integrity), in support of stakeholder goals.

Highmark Inc.

Highmark Inc., based in Pittsburgh, is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans. Highmark serves 4.8 million members in Pennsylvania and West Virginia through the company's health care benefits business and is one of the largest Blue plans in the nation. Highmark has 19,500 employees across the country. Additional information is available at www.highmark.com.

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