Fingerprint checks under way
WASHINGTON – CMS began requiring fingerprint-based background checks for certain providers on Aug. 6, according to an MLN Matters article. The checks will first impact individuals with a 5% or greater ownership interest in a provider that falls into the high-risk category and is currently enrolled in Medicare or has submitted an initial enrollment application. The checks will be implemented in phases—not all providers in the high-risk category will be part of the first phase. Providers will receive notification that they must meet the requirement from their MAC. Those that do receive a notification have 30 days from the date of the letter to be fingerprinted. Previously, CMS had stated that it would start requiring the checks some time this year.