SSA Death Master Compliance

Under rule 42 CFR 455.436 – Federal database checks, managed care entities (payers) conduct federal database searches as part of the provider enrollment, re-enrollment or credentialing and re-credentialing processes. These databases may include, but are not limited to, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) List of Excluded Individuals and Entities (LEIE) file, the Medicare Exclusion Database (MED), the System for Award Management (formerly known as EPLS), the National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES), the State Medicaid Agency (SMA) exclusion listing and the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File (SSADMF).

The SSADMF must be searched at the time of enrollment or initial credentialing by the managed care entity/payer to ensure that Medicare/Medicaid will not be billed in the name of a deceased provider. Query of the SSADMF requires a subscription and ongoing third-party security auditing of the querying party. Query access to the SSADMF is recommended for provider enrollment staff, as well as surveillance and utilization review staff to ensure no services are paid after the death of provider or beneficiary after death.

Aperture provides clients across the nation rigorous ongoing sanction monitoring and reporting services as part of our overarching credentialing services or as a stand-alone service. In addition to monitoring of the OIG LEIE, SAM, and other state and federal sanction databases, Aperture is an authorized subscriber of the SSADMF.

Contact us today for more information on how Aperture can tailor a full suite of ongoing sanction monitoring services so that your organization can be assured it is meeting and exceeding all state and federal querying requirements.