The State Agency must direct its protest to the CMS Regional Office (RO) and CMS Central
EXCEPTION: If the beneficiary for whom the State received the PW accretion resides in an auto-accrete
State and is in current pay status on the SDX, but the Medicare Number is missing
from the unearned income field, the State must ask the SSA Field Office (FO) to use
the following force finder procedures: SM 02001.040 MBR/SSR Interface Edits, Alerts
and Diaries; and SM 01301.325 Query.
The State should follow up with the FO if the Medicare Number is not established within
NOTE: The CMS RO, in the course of the PW investigation, may also ask the FO to establish
the Medicare Number in the unearned income field via the force finder procedure.