Last Modified: 10/3/2022
Location: FL, PR, USVI
Business: Part A, Part B
Q: Who should sign the certification statement of the CMS-855 provider enrollment application?
A: The following shows the information for the various applications:
For initial enrollment and revalidation, the certification statement must be signed and dated (preferably in blue ink) by an authorized official. An authorized official is an appointed official to whom the organization has granted legal authority to enroll it in the Medicare program, make changes or updates to the organization's status, and commit the organization to fully abide by the statutes, regulations, and program instructions of the Medicare program.
The authorized official signature must be original. Faxed, stamped, or photocopied signatures cannot be accepted.
The provider can have an unlimited number of authorized officials. However, each authorized official must be listed in section 6 of the CMS-855. Anyone listed as a "Contracted Managing Employee" in section 6 of the CMS-855 cannot be an authorized official.
The only person who may sign the CMS-855I is the individual practitioner, including solely-owned entities listed in section 4A. This applies to initial enrollments, changes of information, reactivations, etc. An individual practitioner may not delegate authority to any other person to sign the CMS-855I on his/her behalf.
For initial reassignment, both the individual and the group's authorized or delegated official must sign section 6. If either signature is missing, First Coast will return the application.
If terminating a reassignment, either party may sign section 6; both signatures are not required. If no signatures are present, First Coast will return the application.
The authorized or delegated official who signs section 6 must be currently on file with First Coast.
If the application is not signed and dated appropriately, the application will be rejected. The application will need to be corrected and resubmitted. Any application resubmission must contain a brand new certification statement page containing a signature and date. The provider cannot simply add a signature to the original certification statement submitted.
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