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Medicare extends 2012 Annual Participation Enrollment Program

February 7, 2012

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) is extending the Medicare 2012 Annual Participation Enrollment Period through Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012.

The effective date for any participation status change during the extension, however, remains Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, and will be in force for the entire year.

Contractors will accept and process any participation elections or withdrawals made during the extended enrollment period that are post-marked on or before Feb. 14, 2012.

The CMS extended the Medicare 2012 Annual Participation Enrollment Period as the result of Congressional action to avert a negative update for the 2012 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS).

The 2012 Medicare enrollment period began on Nov. 14, 2011.

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