The Medicare Opt-Out Deadline has changed!

The deadline to take action on opting in or out of Medicare  was pushed back from June 1 to December 1, 2015. That will buy you some time to review your options.

We also learned that the Medicare Access and CHIP Re-authorization Act of 2015 will allow dentists and physicians to opt-out permanently, as opposed to having to out-out every two years. If dentists/ physicians wish to opt out permanently they should wait until after June 16, 2015 to opt-out. 

For instructions on opting in and opting out click here. You will find the links, forms and resources you need to make this move. 

You need to understand your compliance strengths and weaknesses. You need to address your weaknesses. I invite you to complete a free self-audit at

A former Law Enforcement Officer/ Dental Board investigator Mr. Duane Tinker is the CEO of Dental Compliance Specialists. Mr. Tinker and his compliance specialists provide compliance consulting, auditing and training services for dentists and Dental Service Organizations nationwide on compliance risks including OSHA, HIPAA, Dental Board rules/ regulations, state radiology rules, DEA and state drug regulations, and Medicaid. He often speaks for dental societies and study clubs. Mr. Tinker can be reached at (817) 755-0035 or