September 2014

CMS begins fingerprinting of O&P owners

By Emily Delzell

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on August 6 began its anticipated fingerprint-based background check for certain providers the agency classifies as “high-risk,” a category that includes anyone who owns more than 5% of a company supplying orthoses, prostheses, or durable medical equipment.

Not all providers and suppliers in the high-risk screening category will be included in the first phase of the background checks, CMS reported. Individuals selected for the first round of checks will be notified by a Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) and have 30 days from notification to be fingerprinted.

Eventually CMS will require all individuals who fall into the high-risk category to undergo a background check.

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