The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on September 12, 2008, that First Coast Service Options, Inc. (FCSO) has been awarded a contract, of up to five years, for the combined administration of Part A and Part B Medicare claims payment in Florida, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. The new contractor will take claims payment work now performed by three fiscal intermediaries and two carriers.

FCSO, the ninth new Part A/Part B MAC to be named by CMS, will be headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla. with an operational site in San Juan, P.R. By 2011, a total of 15 new Part A/Part B Medicare contractors will be operating in every state and the District of Columbia.

The list of new contractors and the states they cover, along with other information, can be found here.

As the Part A/B MAC contractor, FCSO will immediately begin implementation activities and will assume full responsibility for the claims processing work in its jurisdiction no later than March 2009.