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Stop, Look & Listen: Railroad Retirement Benefits Q&A

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Medicare Procedures for Railroad Retirement Beneficiaries

(Posted November 25, 2009)

Question 738: Do Railroad Retirement Medicare recipients require precertification for outpatient medical services and, if so, what number do I call to obtain
precertification? Do inpatient medical services require precertification? There is no phone number on our patient's card.

Answer: Railroad Retirement Beneficiaries are covered by Medicare under the same rules & regulations as Social Security Beneficiaries.

The only significant difference is their Part B (Medical) claims are paid by a single nationwide carrier. Currently, the RRB carrier is Palmetto GBA & their toll free number is (800) 833-4455.

You should call them for specific instructions on when & how to obtain precertications.

Important notice:

Answers are provided as general guidance on the subjects covered in the question and are not provided as legal advice to the questioner or to readers. Any legal issues should be reviewed by your legal counsel to apply the law to the particular facts of this and similar situations.

The law in this area changes frequently. Answers are believed to be correct as of the posting dates shown. The completeness or accuracy of a particular answer may be affected by changes in the law (statutes, regulations, rulings, court decisions, etc.) that occur after the date on which a particular Q&A is posted.

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