Alert: CMS Implements Optional Multi-Factor Authentication
Jesse Hamby
July 22, 2015

As part of the Strengthening Medicare and Repaying Taxpayers (SMART) Act, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has implemented optional MFA services which are now available on the MSPRP. MFA is the use of two or more different authentication factors to verify the identity of a user. Verified users will now have access to view unmasked claims data on the MSPRP.

Non-beneficiaries will still need to have a verified Proof of Representation or Consent to Release authorization to perform actions on cases. Please note that MFA and the associated identity proofing process is optional for MSPRP users. Users may still use the MSPRP without going through the MFA process, but they will not have the benefit of viewing unmasked data.

User guides and training materials have been updated on CMS.gov and in the MSPRP to reflect the new MFA process.