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PECOS now accepts e-signatures online

May 2, 2012

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Internet-based Provider Enrollment, Chain, and Ownership System (PECOS) now allows providers and suppliers to sign online Medicare enrollment applications electronically.

The new feature will allow health care practitioners to “save time and expedite review of your application by using Internet-based PECOS,” agency officials said in a March email.

The e-sign feature can be used on any individual provider (Form 855-I) application submitted through Internet-based PECOS, agency officials emphasize.

It can be used by optometrists and other physicians, including those enrolling solely for the purpose of ordering or referring under Medicare.

However, use of the feature “does not change who is required to sign the application,” the CMS noted.

Practitioners must personally issue the e-signature and cannot delegate that function to a staff person.

An individual provider application containing new reassignments (Form 855-R) can be electronically signed as part of the submission process; however, the practitioner must select the authorized official/delegated official (AO/DO) for the organization that is accepting the reassignment and enter that official’s email address, the CMS emphasized.

The official then will be required to follow the instructions provided through PECOS and electronically sign the application.

Individual providers or AO/DOs who do not wish to use e-signatures can still print and sign certification statements, mailing them to the appropriate Medicare payment contractor for the provider’s region.

The CMS promises additional enhancements to PECOS in the coming months.

Practitioners with questions concerning PECOS should contact the CMS EUS Help Desk at 866-484-8049 or EUSSupport@cgi.com. Practitioners can log onto PECOS at https://PECOS.CMS.hhs.gov.

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