In an announcement on December 22, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid notified health professionals of an extension of the 2012 Annual Participation Enrollment Period.  The enrollment period will now run Mon Nov 14, 2011 through Tues Feb 14, 2012.  Participation elections or withdrawals post-marked on or before Tue Feb 14, 2012 will be accepted. 

Participation status changes submitted during the extension period (Jan 1 – Feb 14, 2012) will have an effective date of Sun Jan 1, 2012 and will be in force for the entire year. 

For more information, please review the AASM coding news article published on September 14 about open participation enrollment.  Please note that the resources in this article reference the previous enrollment deadline of Dec 31, 2011.