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Title 42Chapter IVSubchapter BPart 421Subpart A → §421.3


Title 42: Public Health
PART 421—MEDICARE CONTRACTING
Subpart A—Scope, Definitions, and General Provisions


§421.3   Definitions.

As used in this part—

Intermediary means an entity that has a contract with CMS (under statutory provisions in effect prior to October 1, 2005) to determine and make Medicare payments for Part A or Part B benefits payable on a cost basis (or under the prospective payment system for hospitals) and to perform other related functions. For purposes of applying the performance criteria in §421.120 and the performance standards in §421.122 and any adverse action resulting from that application, the term “intermediary” also means a Blue Cross plan that has entered into a subcontract approved by CMS with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association to perform intermediary functions.

[71 FR 68228, Nov. 24, 2006]

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