There are two major changes this year with regards to filing your Medicare cost report.
Some provider types – such as SNF, Hospice and HHA now have a checkbox on the worksheet S that certifies that you agree to an electronic signature. This means that you can sign the signature page with a pen or and fax or scan it or sign it on your computer. The result is that when you submit to the MAC even via mail, you can place the signature page on the CD drive if you’d like. If you check the checkbox, you also have the option to type the name of the person signing.
With this allowance of signing the worksheet S with a fax or scanned copy, you can now upload all files including the signature page to the MAC portal or the new CMS MCReF portal.
MCReF (which stands for Medicare Cost Report electronic Filing) is the new CMS portal that will allow providers to submit their cost reports online. Currently some of the MACs have their own portals. Starting July 2nd, the MCReF portal will be the only system allowed to be used for online submission of Medicare Cost Reports.
All this being said, providers still have the option of doing things the ‘old fashioned’ way. You can still sign the worksheet S with blue ink and mail the original along with your CD to your MAC for filing.
Below are some helpful links to the CMS webcast, slides, and MLN matters article pertaining to e-Filing.
Happy cost reporting!