CMS to Enforce Electronic Payment Requirement through the Provider Revalidation Process

Under Section 1104 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the Medicare program may not make any payments to providers and suppliers after January 1, 2014, unless the payment is by electronic means. Although this requirement for exclusive use of electronic payment is new, existing Medicare regulations require providers and suppliers to agree to receive payment through electronic funds transfer (EFT) at the time of Medicare enrollment. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced an effort to enforce compliance with these electronic payment provisions through the provider revalidation process.

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