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.
Go to cmsfingerprinting.com for more information.