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Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) published a final rule designed to increase their ability to identify unscrupulous organizations and individuals associated with prior fraud, waste, and abuse in the system.
The proposed enrollment rule would mandate that CMS “research and analyze” provider and supplier affiliates, giving CMS authority to deny or revoke enrollment if a provider has had a prior relationship with a banned organization, even if the provider itself has not been targeted with a federal investigation. Patterns of behavior that are abusive or representing a threat to the health and safety of Medicare beneficiaries will be scrutinized, as will outstanding debt or unpaid taxes, and state license revocation.
The regulation, known as the Program Integrity Enhancements to the Provider Enrollment Process, takes effect on November 4, 2019. Comments on the rule are being accepted until 5:00 pm on November 4 via regulations.gov.
CMS claims this new rule will save the government $47.4 billion over the next 10 years.