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Monday, November 23, 2009

MEDICARE ENROLLMENT DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JAN. 31

With all the uncertainty in Washington and the 21-percent cut in physicians’ Medicare payments set to take effect the first of the year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have given you an extra month to make up your mind on participating in Medicare next year. Physicians have until Jan. 31 to decide if they want to change their participation status in the Medicare program for 2010. The effective date for any status change, however, remains Jan. 1, and it will be in force for the entire year. You can find the Medicare participation agreement form on the Web site of TrailBlazer Health Enterprises, the Texas Medicare carrier. Your Medicare participation options are spelled out in an excellent document on the American Medical Association Web site (PDF), but note that it has not yet been revised to reflect the new deadline.

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