CMS Extends Deadline for Choosing Medicare Participation Status to February 14, 2012

Physicians now have until February 14, 2012 to choose their Medicare participation status for the year. The previous deadline was December 31, 2011. The effective date for any participation status change during the extension, however, remains January 1. If you feel you have to stop taking new Medicare patients in anticipation of the payment March 1, 2012 scheduled cut, share your disappointment with your representatives. MSNJ will keep physicians updated on the situation once Congress returns from its holiday recess in early January.

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About MSNJ

Founded in 1766, the Medical Society of New Jersey is the oldest professional society in the United States. The organization and its dues-paying members are dedicated to a healthy New Jersey, working to ensure the sanctity of the physician–patient relationship. In representing all medical disciplines, MSNJ advocates for the rights of patients and physicians alike, for the delivery of the highest quality medical care. This allows response to the patients’ individual, varied needs, in an ethical and compassionate environment, in order to create a healthy Garden State and healthy citizens.

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