CMS seeks public comment on new proposed Medicare application process

CMS announced plans to streamline the Medicare application process for providers by making changes to the Medicare enrollment application to make applying for eligibility a smoother process. According to Modern Healthcare, changes will include removing duplicate fields, adding new specialty codes for physicians and non-physician practitioners and questions with “Yes/No” check boxes. The order of questions will also be rearranged to allow the form to have a more logical order.

Another goal of these changes is to ensure that Medicare Administrative Contractors (MAC) have an understanding of Medicare’s eligibility criteria, Lyndean Brick, CEO of the healthcare consulting firm Advis Group told Modern Healthcare. She noted that due to lack of training for MACs and inconsistencies in determining eligibility, some unqualified clinicians are currently enrolled in Medicare.

CMS will accept public comments on these proposed changes to the collection of information until August 13, 2018. For submissions instructions, click here to view CMS’ notice.