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CMS’ Revalidation Effort Delayed

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Over the past few months, much has been discussed about CMS’s “revalidation” effort.  Essentially, all providers and suppliers enrolled in the Medicare program prior to March 25, 2011, will be required to submit their enrollment information so they can be revalidated under new risk screening criteria required by the Affordable Care Act (Section 6401a).  Providers/suppliers who enrolled on or after March 25, 2011, have already been subject to this screening and need not revalidate at this time.

CMS & MACs have advised providers and suppliers not to take any action intil they have received a “revlidation letter” from their MAC, for this is going to be a staged process in which all providers and suppliers would be revalidated over the course of the next two years (by March 23, 2013).  The followig link provides an example of what a validation letter would look like:  http://www.palmettogba.com/Palmetto/Providers.Nsf/files/J11_Revalidation_Letter_Web_Example.pdf/$File/J11_Revalidation_Letter_Web_Example.pdf

Once your office receives such a notice, please notify M.E.D.I.C., Inc. ASAP, for at that point, you have only 60 days in which to complete the revalidation process.  Providers failing to respond to such a revalidation request run the risk of being deactivated from the Medicare program.

Just this past week, however, CMS announced that it would “delay” this revalidation effort in order to streamline the process by improving the PECOS online registration system prior to revalidating all Medicare providers.  According to the Medical Society of Virginia’s website (http://www.msv.org/MainMenuCategories/MemberCenter/PressRoom/News/2011-Archives/Revalidation-effort-delayed–.aspx):

In order to comply with the program integrity screening provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) launched an effort to revalidate the enrollment of every provider and supplier by March 23, 2013. This effort has now been pushed back to 2015. Physicians will be among the last to revalidate.
 
In addition to pushing back the revalidation efforts, CMS made improvements to the online Medicare Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership (PECOS) system, which include:

  • E-signatures
  • Electronic document upload
  • Batch upload capability
  • Seamless password reset
  • Enhancements for authorized officials
  • Reassignment reports
  • New “my enrollments page” and “fast track view” screens
  • Fewer duplicative document submission requirements

CMS stated that the PECOS improvements will be implemented before most physicians are asked to revalidate.

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