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Medicare Cost Report Electronic Filing

JULIANNE KIPPLE, HEALTHCARE DIRECTOR

CMS recently introduced the new Medicare Cost Report e-Filing system (MCReF). In an effort to standardize, automate, and streamline the cost report process, providers now have the option as of 5/1/2018 to electronically submit the Medicare cost report packet through an online portal. The cost report packet normally includes the ECR file, the PI file, cost report supporting workpapers, a cover letter, and the Worksheet S signature page.

One major change is the in the past CMS required an original inked signature by an officer of the provider. Now most facility types (other than RHC, CMHC, and Home Office) are able to file the signature page electronically. A valid e-signature includes printing, signing, and scanning the signature page so it can be uploaded to the portal.

Effective 7/2/2018 there will only be two CMS approved methods to submit the cost report, which is either electronically through MCReF or submission via mail or hand-delivery.

If you use a third party to file your Medicare cost report there is a process to designate that 3rd party to electronically file using the Enterprise Identity Management (EIDM) system. If you would like more information on how to designate a third party or have other questions related to the MCReF system, please feel free to contact us or CMS.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

julianne kipple

402.827.2075

jkipple@lutz.us

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JULIANNE KIPPLE + HEALTHCARE DIRECTOR

Julianne Kipple is a Healthcare Director at Lutz with over 10 years of professional experience in the healthcare industry. Her expertise is in accounting and consulting services for healthcare facilities, including outsourced CFO services, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, and Medicaid Disproportionate Share Surveys (DSH).

AREAS OF FOCUS
AFFILIATIONS AND CREDENTIALS
  • Healthcare Financial Management Association, Member
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Member
  • Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants, Member
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Certified Healthcare Financial Professional
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
  • BSBA in Accounting, with high distinction, Creighton University, Omaha, NE
  • MBA, Creighton University, Omaha, NE

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