Category Archives: Medicare Secondary Payer News

Blog, Medicare Secondary Payer News, Pharma Part D

Recently, CMS updated its Part D Manual to include specific changes to the Manual’s Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) provisions.  The updated manual can be found here. Page 40 now provides: “Part D sponsors are responsible for adjudicating enrollees’ claims in accordance with MSP requirements. Under CMS’ adjudication logic for Part D MSP claims, the provider/pharmacy receives at least the Part …

Blog, Legal/Legislative News, Medicare Advantage Part C, Medicare Jurisdiction, Medicare Secondary Payer News

Reprinted from the Morning Consultant In health policy, the minutia is not trivial; it’s essential. Small incentives created by policymakers can have a significant impact upon how Medicare beneficiaries, doctors, hospitals and insurers respond to health care claims. But sometimes policies — even the most well-intentioned — can have unintended consequences, leading to wasted resources, burdensome regulations and broken promises …

About Franco Signor, Blog, Medicaid Third Party Liability Recoveries, Medicare Secondary Payer News

Originally published in the June 2018 Issue of CLM Magazine TIME TO GET PAID In 1965, President Johnson signed into law the Medicaid program, establishing the state-based healthcare safety net system in place today. Although since that time Congress has undertaken dozens of efforts to streamline and improve Medicaid, historically there has not been considerable focus to improve states’ Medicaid …

Settlement Contingent Upon CMS Approval of WCMSA: Problematic?

08 May 2018 Heather Sanderson No Comments

Blog, Legal/Legislative News, Medicare Secondary Payer News, WCMSA

A decision just issued out of the Third Circuit Court of Appeal in Louisiana demonstrates the various nuances and obstacles that may be present when entering into a workers’ compensation settlement contingent upon CMS approval of a WCMSA. In Ortega v. Cantu Servs., Inc. 2018 La. App. LEXIS 845 (May 2, 2018), the claimant, a Medicare beneficiary, settled her disputed …

Blog, Medicare Advantage Part C, Medicare Conditional Payments, Medicare Secondary Payer News, Trial Practice

As we have noted in numerous recent blogs, Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) Private Cause of Action litigation has been on the rise and has grown to be incredibly rampant in the past several years. Innate to this recently popular weapon for double damages against primary plans is the unfortunately vague and ambiguous language in the MSP defining the action. The …

Blog, Medicare Secondary Payer News, WCMSA

Yesterday, March 7th, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) conducted a webinar to discuss the transition of the new Workers’ Compensation Review Contractor (WCRC) from Provider Resources to Capitol Bridge LLC. Below is a summary of the relevant points of the webinar.  Timing of Transition: Capitol Bridge LLC will fully take over on March 19, 2018. New Contact Information: The …

About Franco Signor, Blog, LMSA, Medicare Secondary Payer News

This article was originally published in the March 2018 issue of CLM Magazine. A CMS Framework is Coming – Are You Involved?  (A CLM Magazine Article by Roy Franco and Heather Sanderson) For many years, Liability Medicare Set-Asides (LMSAs) have been a hot topic for discussion due to the potential challenges that a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) LMSA review …

CMS Releases Updated NGHP User Guide Version 5.3

27 Dec 2017 Heather Sanderson No Comments

Blog, Legal/Legislative News, Medicare Conditional Payments, Medicare Reporting Section 111, Medicare Secondary Payer News

CMS has released an updated Non-Group Health Plan (NGHP) User Guide version 5.3. It can be found here. The primary change to the User Guide involves detailing CMS’ transition with its Social Security Number Removal Initiative (SSNRI) and how this transition will impact MMSEA Section 111 Reporting. The SSNRI initiative mandates CMS to replace all SSN-based Medicare identifiers and distribute a …

Blog, Medicare Conditional Payments, Medicare Secondary Payer News, TPOC

As required by section 202 of The SMART Act, CMS is required to annually review its costs relating to recovering conditional payments as compared to recovery amounts. Last year in 2016, CMS announced that the threshold would be $750 across all non-group health plan (NGHP) lines of business- workers’ compensation, liability, and no-fault insurance. The threshold means that if the …

Blog, LMSA, Medicare Secondary Payer News, Medicare Set Aside, WCMSA

Liability Medicare Set-Asides (LMSAs) and No-Fault Medicare Set-Asides (NFMSAs) Update – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has been taking incremental steps recently to implement a review process for LMSAs and NFMSAs. Over the past year we saw a series of indications that CMS was looking to implement a review process.  The Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Workers’ Compensation …

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