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Fiscal Cliff Law Impacts Medicare Participation Options

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Fiscal Cliff Law Impacts Medicare Participation Options
The 2013 Annual Participation Enrollment Program allowed eligible physicians, practitioners, and suppliers an opportunity to change their participation status by December 31, 2012. Given the enactment of the “American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (H.R. 8), CMS announced that it will extend the 2013 Annual Participation Enrollment Program through February 15. Therefore, participation elections and withdrawals must be post-marked on or before this date. The effective date for any participation status changes elected by providers during the extension remains January 1, 2013.