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Responding to pressure from physician organizations, CMS will extend by two years the deadline to re-enroll 1.4 million health care professionals that it had previously set at March 2013. However, the extension will not affect practices that have already received a revalidation notice.
This year, CMS will send postcard reminders instead of CDs for its annual participation mailing in mid November. The postcard will contain Medicare Participating Provider Program 2012 Enrollment and Fee Disclosure Information along with Highmark’stoll-free telephone number and website. Medicare Physician Fee Schedule fees for services rendered in calendar year 2012 as well as instructions for submitting the participa
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I have occasionally had the honor of meeting some official or other - a legislator, captain of industry, or other person of influence - and have had to talk about what I do. Many of us have. We are called upon to wax philosophic about the profession of psychiatry and comment on the human condition. And so I share with you my thoughts on this issue, knowing that mine is but one opinion in a field fraught with dissention. You remember the joke about talking to two psychiatrists and getting three opinions?
In 1990, the U.S. Congress established the first week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) in recognition of NAMI's efforts to raise mental illness awareness. Since 1990, mental health advocates across the country have joined together during the first full week of October in sponsoring many kinds of activities, including outreach, education and advocacy. The National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding is Tuesday, October 4.