On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). According to a statement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the agency is working hard to expeditiously implement the new law.

The law’s Medicare fee-for-service provisions have varying effective dates and CMS’ first priority is to address provisions with the earliest effective dates. The agency stated that it is committed to assuring Medicare providers are well informed as early as possible. For that reason, CMS is urging providers to be on the alert for notices and instructions from the agency and from Medicare fiscal intermediaries, carriers, or Medicare Administrative Contractors on forthcoming policy and operational changes as the PPACA is implemented.