CMS Redacts Physician NPI Numbers on Revalidation List

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) says it will redact physicians’ National Provider Identifier numbers (NPIs) to show only the last four digits on a published list of providers who have been contacted to revalidate their Medicare enrollment. The redaction follows concerns raised by the American Medical Association (AMA) about provider identity theft after CMS initially published a list that contained full NPIs.

The NCMS urges North Carolina physicians to periodically check the list of providers who have been contacted for revalidation to ensure they have not missed their revalidation notice mailing from Palmetto GBA, the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) for North Carolina. While CMS has extended the revalidation effort through 2015, physicians who are contacted to revalidate must do so within 60 days or have their Medicare enrollment deactivated. CMS says the first set of providers contacted for revalidation were those who are enrolled but are not yet in CMS’ Medicare Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS).

Click here to view the list of providers contacted to revalidate (click “Revalidation Phase 1 Listing”).

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CMS Extends Length of Revalidation Effort by Two Years (Bulletin, 11-4-11)

 
 

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