Review ASCRS' 2016 Medicare Participation Kit

ASCRS created a 2016 Medicare Participation Kit to help providers understand their Medicare participation options and educate their patients. The kit includes a summary of Medicare participation options, a sample patient cover letter for practices not accepting new Medicare patients or opting out of Medicare, a sample Medicare private contract, and a sample affidavit for Medicare private contract opt-out.

Medicare sends out participation agreements for the following calendar year to all eligible physicians during the Medicare open enrollment period, typically from mid-November through December 31. Physicians who are currently participating do not need to take any action to continue participating. Those who wish to sign or terminate a participation agreement must do so during the open enrollment period, and their decision must be postmarked no later than December 31, 2015; physicians signing up with Medicare for the first time can execute participation agreements at the time they first enroll.

Please take time to review this 2016 Medicare Kit as there have been many changes this year with the repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula and the passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).