1. Navigate to CMS’ EIDM portal: https://portal.cms.gov .
Select link for New User Registration.
NOTE: If you already have an EIDM account, skip to Step 8.
2. Choose Your Application
Choose your application (SPOT) from the dropdown menu.
3. Review the Terms and Conditions
Review the terms and conditions, check the box, and click Next to continue
4. Register Your Information
• This portion of the application is based on your personal information.
• The information you enter here will be important later in the process for securing your access to SPOT.
• Per CMS requirements, enter your:
• Full name
• Your Social Security number (optional)
• Date of birth
• Home address
• Email address
• Primary contact telephone number.
Click the Next button.
5. Create User ID, Password & Security
• Create a User ID for your EIDM account, which must meet the following parameters:
• Required: Be a minimum of six and a maximum of 74 alphanumeric characters
• Required: At least one letter
• Optional: It may contain any of the following special characters:
• Dashes (-)
• Underscores (_)
• Apostrophes (')
• Periods (.) -- followed by alphanumeric characters.
• Your User ID may not contain your SSN or any nine consecutive numbers
• Create your Password for your EIDM account, which must meet the following parameters:
1. Be changed at least every 60 days.
2. Be a minimum of eight (8) and a maximum of 20 characters long.
3. Contain at least one number.
4. Contain at least one lower case letter.
5. Contain at least one upper case letter.
6. Contain at least one special character.
7. Be different from the previous six (6) passwords.
8. Not contain the User ID.
9. Not contain any words consisting of three (3) letters or more (ex. 12Cat34@).
10. Not contain any commonly used words.(ex. Password1234).
11. Not contain any digits in year format (ex. 2017).
12. Not contain the following special characters: ? < > ( ) ‘ “ / \ &.
Note: Passwords may only be changed once per day.
• Confirm New Password
• Complete the Select Your Security Questions and Answers section, which may be used to verify your identity
Click the Next button.
6. Review Registration Summary
Review your information and make changes before submitting.
Click Submit User
7. Confirmation Message
The confirmation message will appear.
In the message, click ‘here’ to return to the homepage and log in. Note: Please wait at least five minutes for your account to be configured before logging in.
Log into EIDM with the User ID and password created.
9. My Portal
Once you’ve logged in, click ‘Request/Add Apps’
10. Locate ‘SPOT’ with the ‘Access Catalog’ page.
Type SPOT in the ‘Start typing to filter apps’ field
11. Click the ‘Request Access’ button at the bottom of the SPOT’s catalog entry.
12. Request New Application Access page
Click on the drop-down menu next to ‘Select a Role.’ Select ‘FCSO Provider Office Approver’ or ‘FCSO Business Office Approver,’ depending on your entity type. Note: Do not select any other role.
13. Review Identify Verification information
• NOTE: If you are NOT asked to verify your identity, skip to Step 20
• The next steps will involve verifying the information you entered earlier through information databases.
• This process is known as Remote Identity Proofing (RIDP) .
• If you have established accounts through other EIDM hosted applications such as Provider Statistical and Reimbursement (PS&R) and PQRS, then you will not have to repeat RIDP.
14. Review information about ‘Terms and Conditions
The Experian identity verification service is used by CMS to confirm your identity when you need to access a protected CMS Application.
If you have not previously been through CMS Enterprise Portal’s required identity verification, you may be prompted for RIDP when requesting access to SPOT.
You will be asked to provide a set of core credentials, which includes full name, current address, residential phone number, and Social Security number.
The Experian identity verification service will use your core credentials to locate your personal information in the Experian database and generate a set of questions.
Check ‘Terms and Conditions’ box to proceed.
15. Enter ‘Your Information’ in each of the blank spaces.
• Full legal name
• Social Security number
• Date of birth
• Current residential address
• Personal phone number
• You must use your full legal name. Refer to your driver’s license or financial account information.
• Your surname and other information, such as date of birth, must match the information Experian has for you on file.
• Do not use nicknames.
• If you have a two-part name, enter the second part in the middle name field. (i.e., Mary Beth would have Mary in the first name field and Beth in the middle name field)
• Enter your current residential address (address where you receive financial statements including credit cards and/or utilities and that you most consistently use for billing purposes)
16. Complete the ‘Verify Information’ questions.
Click on the radio button next to each correct answer
17. If your information is verified…
Congratulations, you have completed the RIDP process.
Click ‘Next’ and proceed to Step 20
18. If your information cannot be verified…
In the event your information cannot be verified through RIDP, you will be asked to contact Experian Verification Support Services.
You may return to this application once you have resolved the issue with the Experian database.
19. Contacting Experian
When you contact Experian Verification Support Services, please keep your ‘Review Reference Number’ close at hand. If Experian is able to resolve the information, return to Step 8 in this process by logging into your EIDM account and begin the process of requesting access to SPOT.
When you arrive at Step 15 again, the ‘Your Information’ box will include a checkbox to confirm that you have contacted Experian and they have resolved the issue with your individual information.
Once you enter your information, the CMS EIDM system will verify your contact with Experian.
If Experian successfully verified your identity, you will be able to complete your request for SPOT.
If Experian is unable to verify your identity, contact the SPOT help desk and request to be manually verified.
20. Create Your Organization
On the screen, click the radio button next to ‘Create a new Organization’
Add your TIN/SSN, legal business name, company telephone, address, city, state/territory, zip code, submitter ID and reason for request
NOTE: You MUST enter the legal business name and submitter ID exactly as it appears on your SPOT approval communication
Enter your reason for request (example: “Access to Medicare data”)
Click Next, review your information, and click Submit
21. Request Submitted
The final screen will confirm that your EIDM request has been submitted. You will receive an email confirmation once your request has been processed.
NOTE: Once you have been approved as an approver, learn how to approve end user requests by viewing the EIDM user guide for approvers