In 2006, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) mandated that all new Medicare enrollees must receive payments electronically through Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). Medicare providers submit Form CMS-588, or the EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) Authorization Agreement, at the time of an initial Medicare enrollment, at the time of a change of ownership or at any time a Medicare provider needs to make changes to an existing EFT enrollment. Form CMS-588 was updated last year. The new form is substantially the same as the previous version of the Form, with the changes being one of form over substance. Nevertheless, moving forward, Medicare providers should use the new form for all EFT enrollments or changes in banking information to avoid delays that could result from using the outdated version of the form.
If you have any questions about Form CMS-588 or Medicare enrollment questions in general, please do not hesitate to contact David C. Marshall.