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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

AMA SECURES A TWO-YEAR DELAY OF MEDICARE REVALIDATION REQUIREMENT

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) had planned to require every Medicare physician, provider, and supplier to revalidate their enrollment by March 23, 2013, as part of a provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). CMS has informed the American Medical Association that it will push back the revalidation effort through 2015, and physicians will be among the last to revalidate. The American Medical Association sent a letter to CMS in September disagreeing with the agency’s analysis of the ACA screening provisions. CMS also announced numerous significant improvements to the online Medicare Provider Enrollment, Chain, and Ownership System (PECOS) that should make revalidation less onerous. Physicians can expect to see the changes in place by the end of 2012.

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