The CMS proposed a new policy it said would streamline suppliers' and providers' enrollment in Medicare and codify the agency's existing practice of excluding applicants who have been sanctioned at any time by Medicare or other federal programs. Also, reasons for exclusion would be expanded to include criminal convictions not related to healthcare if the CMS determines the acts were detrimental to Medicare or its beneficiaries. The proposed regulation would consolidate requirements that have been scattered among several pieces of federal legislation. In addition, for the first time, suppliers and providers would have to recertify the accuracy of their enrollment information every three years. The proposal was published in today's Federal Register. In other news, the CMS announced the appointment of Sean Tunis as its chief medical officer and director of its office of clinical standards and quality. He succeeds John Kang, who left for the private sector a year ago. Tunis previously was deputy director of the office. Robert Streimer, who has been acting director, will return to his position as deputy. -- by Tony Fong
CMS to simplify provider, supplier enrollment
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