Category Archives: Blog

Blog, Legal/Legislative News, Medicare Conditional Payments

A new decision by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, entitled United States v. Angino, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 30499 (February 26, 2019), which involves the United States filing a lawsuit to recover conditional payments from the plaintiff attorney, Medicare beneficiary, and “primary plan” caught our attention.  The lawsuit reignites the debate on whether the parties …

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

The Medicare Advocacy Recovery Coalition (MARC) has announced that the Provide Accurate Information Directly (PAID) Act was introduced yesterday, February 27, 2019 in the U.S. House of Representatives as H.R. 1375 by lead Co-Sponsors Reps. Ron Kind (D-WI) and Gus Bilirakis (R-FL). Representatives Kind and Bilirakis have sponsored this bipartisan legislation to improve the Medicare Secondary Payer Act (MSP). PAID’s …

Blog, Legal/Legislative News, Medicaid Third Party Liability Recoveries, Medicare Secondary Payer News

The following article was co-written by: Roy Franco, Chief Client Officer and Matthew Newman, Associate Compliance Counsel A U.S. District Court’s ruling regarding MSP Recovery LLC’s recent filings in State Court has raised concerns about a possible Medicaid Third Party Liability recovery strategy.  The situation involves an archaic discovery mechanism (“bill of pure discovery”) that would allow MSP Recovery LLC …

CMS Updates WCMSA Reference Guide and NGHP User Guide

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Blog, Medicare Set Aside, WCMSA

Yet another indication that The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) intends to make Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) enforcement a priority in 2019: both the WCMSA Reference Guide and NGHP User Guide have been updated with several impactful changes. The updated WCMSA Reference Guide can be found here, and the updated NGHP User Guide can be found here. WCMSA …

Blog, Medicare Reporting Section 111, Medicare Secondary Payer News, RRE

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued yet another abundantly clear signal that Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) enforcement will be a priority in 2019. Just last week, we blogged that a Proposed Rule on a voluntary review process for Liability Medicare Set-Asides (LMSAs) would be issued by September 2019. Now, an additional notice on the Office of Management and …

Blog, LMSA

A proposed rulemaking on “Miscellaneous Medicare Secondary Payer Clarifications and Updates” has been posted on the Office of Management and Budget website. The proposed rulemaking can be found here. The abstract of the rule states:  “This proposed rule would ensure that beneficiaries are making the best health care choices possible by providing them and their representatives with the opportunity to select …

Blog, Medicare Conditional Payments, Medicare Jurisdiction

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. For the last two years 2017-2018, CMS has maintained the threshold of $750 across all non-group health plan (NGHP) lines of business- workers’ compensation, liability, and no-fault insurance. The threshold means that if …

Blog, Medicare Secondary Payer News, Medicare Set Aside, Pharma Part D, WCMSA

What is the intended purpose behind a Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside (WCMSA)? The WCMSA Reference Guide, Section 3.0 states: “A WCMSA allocates a portion of the WC settlement for all future work-injury-related medical expenses that are covered and otherwise reimbursable by Medicare (“Medicare covered”) (emphasis added). Accordingly, Medicare through its issued guidance has provided that medical expenses should not be …

About Franco Signor, Blog, Franco Signor News

In December 2017 last year, I attended the Women to Watch conference hosted by CLM/Business Insurance in New York City. During the conference, the newly formed Women to Watch Foundation was introduced to the attendees by the Board of Directors with the common goal of advancing women and girls globally. For the initial two years of its Charter, the Women …

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 …

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