If you are enrolled, or plan to enroll in Medicare, it is important that you protect your Medicare identity from getting into the hands of dishonest and unscrupulous people - personal identity thieves and those intending to commit fraud in the Medicare Program.
CMS has developed "How to Protect Your Identity Using the Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS)" as the next in a series of Medicare enrollment fact sheets. This fact sheet provides step-by-step instructions to help Fee-For-Service (FFS) providers protect their identity in Internet-based PECOS and is available in downloadable format at http://www.cms.gov/MLNProducts/downloads/MedEnroll_ProtID_FactSheet_ICN905103.pdf
on the CMS website.
Source: Frontier Focus Newsletter, Division for Medicare Health Plans Operations, CMS Region VIII, Denver CO dated September 3, 2010