Due to the uncertainty surrounding physician payment, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended their Annual Participation Enrollment Period until February 15, 2013. Any changes to participation status must be post-marked by February 15. Participation status changes made during the extension will be retroactive to January 1.
The extension comes as a result of the passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, which prevented scheduled payment cuts to neurologists and other physicians who treat Medicare patients from taking effect on January 1, 2013.
The American Medical Association (AMA) has updated their Medicare Participation Kit to help physicians evaluate their participation options and choose which status is right for their practice.
Visit AAN's Public Insurer Relations webpage and scroll down to “Make the Decision to Participate” for more information.