CMS implemented the fingerprint-based background requirement on August 6, 2014, as discussed in the rule published on February 2, 2011. Fingerprint-based background checks are 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.
Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) have begun sending letters to these providers and suppliers, listing all owners who are required to be fingerprinted. The letters are being mailed to the provider or supplier’s correspondence address and the special payments address on file with Medicare.
Identified individuals have 30 days from the date of the letter to be fingerprinted. Failure to comply with the fingerprint requirements could result in denial of your Medicare enrollment application or revocation of your Medicare billing privileges.
Visit Accurate Biometrics for fingerprinting procedures, to find a fingerprint collection site, and to ensure the fingerprint results are accurately submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and properly returned to CMS.
For more information on this requirement, see MLN Matters® Special Edition Article #SE1427, “Fingerprint-based Background Check Begins August 6, 2014.” If
you have any questions, contact Accurate Biometrics at 866- 361-9944, or visit their website at www.cmsfingerprinting.com.