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Medicare revalidation notices online

April 30, 2012

Health care practitioners can now check online to see if they must revalidate their Medicare provider enrollment records in line with new federal screening requirements, according to the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Criteria established under the federal Affordable Care Act effectively requires all health care practitioners and suppliers who enrolled in Medicare prior to March 25, 2011 (and have not re-enrolled in Medicare since that time) to revalidate their enrollment by submitting the applicable CMS-855 form on paper or online.

Medicare has been mailing revalidation notices to practitioners since September. However, CMS officials fear practitioners may overlook the notices.
Because Medicare data-processing systems would be overwhelmed if too many practitioners attempt to re-enroll at once, the CMS is asking practitioners not to revalidate their enrollment until specifically notified to do so.

The CMS announced last month that health care practitioners can now check to see if they have received (and possibly inadvertently ignored) a revalidation notice on the CMS website’s Revalidation page (http://tinyurl.com/CMSRevalidations). Links to the revalidation notices can be found under the “Downloads” heading. Notices are filed by the month mailed.
CMS officials hope to have similar information available on the agency’s Provider Enrollment, Chain, and Ownership System website shortly.

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