CMS Implements Fingerprint – based Background Checks

Fingerprint-based background checks will be required for all individuals with a 5 percent or greater ownership interest in a provider or supplier that falls into the high risk category and is currently enrolled in Medicare or has submitted an initial enrollment application. The fingerprint-based background requirement was implemented on August 6, 2014, and will be conducted in phases. Providers or suppliers will receive notification of the fingerprint requirements from their MAC. Initially, not all providers and suppliers in the “high” screening category will be a part of the first phase of the fingerprint-based background check requirement. If you receive notification of the fingerprint requirements, you will have 30 days from the date of the letter to be fingerprinted. Make sure that your staffs are aware of these requirements.  For more information please click here FINGERPRINTS


CMS Restarts Parts of the RAC Program

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is restarting the controversial Recovery Audit Contractor Program—in a limited fashion—in August.

CMS sent a communication on August 4 to congressional health staff members from Lauren Aronson, Director of the Office of Legislation at CMS, informing them of the decision.

“Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced plans to modify contracts with current Recovery Auditors to allow for a limited number of Medicare fee-for-service claim reviews beginning in August 2014,” states the communication. “Current Recovery Auditors will conduct a limited number of automated reviews and a small number of complex reviews on certain claims including, but not limited to: spinal fusions, outpatient therapy services, durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies; and cosmetic procedures. The Recovery Auditors will not conduct any inpatient hospital patient status reviews during this limited restart period.”  To read entire announcement, please click here RAC PROGRAM