CMS Provides Clarification for Fingerprint-based Background Checks

The fingerprint-based background requirement, implemented on August 6, 2014, is well underway and will continue to be conducted in phases. The initial phase included providers or suppliers currently enrolled in the “high” risk screening category or submitting an initial enrollment. 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released clarification to the NSC Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) of the fingerprint requirements. The NSC MAC will send written notification to applicable suppliers listing all five percent or greater owners and partners who are required to be fingerprinted. The letter will be mailed to the supplier’s correspondence address on file.

Remember, if you receive notification of the fingerprint requirements, you will have 30 days from the date of the letter to be fingerprinted. All fingerprints (including those initially denied for fingerprints) should be sent to Accurate Biometrics for processing - CMS Processing, 500 Park Blvd., Suite 1260, Itasca, IL 60143.

You may now check the status of your fingerprint submission online by visiting

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