SSA announces new matching program with CMS
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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

SSA announces new matching program with CMS

By Payroll and Entitlements Editorial Staff

In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, the SSA has announced a new matching program with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

The matching program establishes the terms, conditions, and safeguards under which the CMS will disclose to the SSA Medicare non-utilization information for Social Security Title II beneficiaries aged 90 and above.

Purpose of the matching program. The CMS will identify Medicare enrollees whose records have been inactive for three or more years. The SSA will use this data as an indicator to select and prioritize cases for review to determine continued eligibility for benefits under Title II of the Social Security Act. The SSA will contact these individuals to verify ongoing eligibility. In addition, the agency will use the data for the purposes of fraud discovery and the analysis of fraud program operations; this agreement allows for the SSA's Office of Anti-Fraud Programs to evaluate the data for purposes of fraud detection. The SSA will refer individual cases of suspected fraud, waste, or abuse to the Office of Inspector General for investigation.

Comments due December 14. Interested parties may comment on the notice by either telefaxing to (410) 966-0869; writing to Matthew Ramsey, Executive Director, Office of Privacy and Disclosure, Office of the General Counsel, Social Security Administration, G-401 WHR, 6401 Security Boulevard, Baltimore MD 21235-6401; or emailing [email protected]. All comments received will be available for public inspection by contacting Mr. Ramsey at the above street address.

The deadline to submit comments on the proposed matching program is December 14, 2019. The matching program will be applicable on January 1, 2020, and will be in effect for a period of 18 months.

For more information. For additional information, contact Norma Followell, Supervisory Team Lead, Office of Privacy and Disclosure, Office of the General Counsel, Social Security Administration, G-401 WHR, 6401 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401; at telephone: (410) 966-5855; or send an email to [email protected]. See 84 Fed. Reg. 61960, November 14, 2019.

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