Announcement – December 20, 2013 – Coordination of Benefits and Non-Group Health Plan Recovery Transition
Jesse Hamby
December 27, 2013

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is completing its restructuring of the Coordination of Benefits (COB) and Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) recovery activities.

COB activities for both Group Health Plans and Non-Group Health Plans (that is, liability insurance (including self-insurance), no-fault insurance, and workers’ compensation laws or plans) and Recovery activities for Non-Group Health Plans will be transitioned from the COB contractor and the Medicare Secondary Payer Recovery Contractor effective Feb. 1, 2014. The new Benefits Coordination & Recovery Center (BCRC) will assume these activities. As previously announced, this action will provide:

–          Improved customer service for stakeholders

–          Consolidated and streamlined data collection and recovery operations

–          Value-added efficiencies and enhanced resource utilization

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