Fingerprint checks on way for Medicaid

Friday, June 5, 2015

WASHINGTON – Providers who CMS considers to be at high risk of defrauding Medicaid should expect fingerprint-based background checks on Aug. 1, the National Law Review reports. CMS released a State Medicaid Director Letter on June 1 providing guidance to states on the criminal background check and fingerprinting requirements for Medicaid provider enrollment. The letter starts a 60-day clock for state Medicaid programs to implement these enhanced provider screening requirements, according to the review. CMS implemented a similar provision for Medicare in August of last year.