WASHINGTONThe Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has
begun using a simplified form intended to make it easier for physicians and
other health care providers to become eligible for reimbursement for the care
and services they provide Medicare beneficiaries. The new form permits
applicants to fill out only those portions that are relevant to their
practices. It is part of CMS’ Open Door Initiative to reduce unnecessary
administrative burdens and create a culture of responsiveness at CMS.
In addition, CMS has tightened its internal deadlines and now requires that
90% of applications be processed within 60 days and 99% within 120 days.