This article is based on Change Request (CR) 7350, which describes how Medicare contractors will implement the changes related to provider enrollment screening, application fees, and temporary moratoria.
This rule finalized provisions related to the:
• Establishment of provider enrollment screening categories;
Beginning on March 25, 2011, Medicare will place newly-enrolling and existing providers and suppliers in one of three levels of categorical screening: limited, moderate, or high. The risk levels denote the level of the contractor’s screening of the provider or supplier when it initially enrolls in Medicare, adds a new practice location, or revalidates its enrollment information.
• Submission of application fees as part of the provider enrollment process;
The fee for March 25, 2011, through December 31, 2011, is $505.00
A provider or supplier requesting a hardship exception from the application fee must include with its enrollment application a letter (and supporting documentation) that describes the hardship and why the hardship justifies an exception.
• Suspensions of payment based on credible allegations of fraud; and
• Authority to impose a temporary moratorium on the enrollment of new Medicare providers and suppliers of a particular type (or the establishment of new practice locations of a particular type) in a geographic area.
CMS may impose a moratorium on the enrollment of new Medicare providers and suppliers of a particular type or the establishment of new practice locations of a particular type in a particular geographic area.