Social Security Number Removal Initiative (SSNRI) now known as “New Medicare Cards”

Posted by Gina Cox on Jul 28, 2017 8:00:00 AM

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced this week that the Social Security Number Removal Initiative (SSNRI) will now be known as “New Medicare cards.” Regardless of what the program is called, the bottom line is that the old Social Security Number based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) will be replaced by a new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI). This is not exactly new news as the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 required CMS to remove Social Security Numbers from all Medicare cards by April 2019 and CMS announced the upcoming transition earlier year.

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Topics: CMS, Compliance, Claims Processing

Finally, a Re-Review Process for Work Comp Medicare Set Asides, But Still No Formal Appeals Rights for Claimants and Employer/Carriers

Posted by Rafael Gonzalez on Jul 18, 2017 3:31:11 PM

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has put together a mechanism to receive and evaluate future medical and future prescription drug costs for inclusion in Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside Arrangements (WCMSAs). The Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside Portal (WCMSAP) is a web-based application that allows attorneys, beneficiaries, claimants, insurance carriers, representative payees, and WCMSA vendors to create a work-in-progress case, submit WCMSA cases, perform case lookups, append documentation to a case, receive alerts relating to case activity, and now submit a re-review request.

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Topics: CMS, Medicare Law

The Medicare Secondary Payer Program Continues to Grow in Size and Scope as CMS Adds to its Matrix of Compliance Enforcement Contractors

Posted by Rafael Gonzalez on Jun 7, 2017 8:00:00 AM

By now, everyone involved with auto, liability, no-fault, and workers compensation claims is aware that the Medicare Secondary Payer Act (42 U.S.C. 1395y) was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Jimmy Carter in December 1980. However, the current Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) compliance program we are all familiar with today didn’t really get started until the mid 1990’s, traced back to HIPPA’s Medicare Integrity Program.

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Topics: CMS

Yet Another Clue that CMS is Getting Ready for Liability and No-Fault MSAs

Posted by Rafael Gonzalez on Mar 10, 2017 9:00:00 AM

As I blogged about in CMS Prepares for Expansion of MSA Reviews, Postpones Release of Solicitation for Contractor and P&C Insurers, Are You Ready for Mandatory Reporting, Conditional Payments, and Set Aside AllocationsCMS has been hinting about liability and no-fault set asides for a while. In February of 2017, they dropped another clue that they are getting ready for liability and no-fault Medicare set-asides.

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Topics: CMS, Liability, MSA

CMS Updates Mandatory Reporting User Guide, Providing New TPOC Timelines and Amounts on No-Fault, Liability, Work Comp Claims

Posted by Rafael Gonzalez on Jan 10, 2017 10:19:23 AM

On January 3, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published Version 5.2 of the Section 111 NGHP User Guide. The Mandatory Insurer Reporting (MIR) updates listed below have been made to Chapter III, Policy Guidance.

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Topics: CMS

Could 2017 be the Year CMS Finally Begins WCMSA Appeals Process?

Posted by Rafael Gonzalez on Dec 22, 2016 4:06:33 PM

On December 21, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published an announcement indicating it “recently revisited the task of reviewing its process for addressing requests for CMS to “re-review” otherwise approved Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside Arrangement (WCMSA) amounts.” As a result of its re-visitation on this issue, CMS announced that “in calendar year 2017, CMS expects to update its existing re-review process to address situations where CMS has provided an approved amount, but settlement has not occurred and the medical care that supported the approved amount has changed substantially.”

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Topics: CMS, medicare compliance

CMS Announces New Reporting Thresholds for 2017

Posted by Brian Cox on Nov 16, 2016 9:27:42 AM

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the reporting thresholds for Liability, No Fault and Workers Compensation claims for 2017. Section 1862(b) of The SMART Act requires CMS to review its costs related to recovering conditional payments compared to recovery amounts annually.

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Topics: CMS, medicare compliance

How to Avoid Overpaying Medicare

Posted by Kendell Gracey on Mar 24, 2015 6:00:00 AM

As a Responsible Reporting Entity (RRE), it's not an option to inaccurately or incompletely report Medicare-related settlement claims under Section 111 requirements. It also doesn’t make sense to report them properly, then fail to submit payment to Medicare. In both cases, the penalties are too steep to justify any sort of negligence.

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Topics: CMS, Compliance, paid costs

Important Changes to Medicare's Protocol

Posted by Kendell Gracey on Feb 3, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Medicare periodically makes changes in the way it handles massive claim volume, and that includes acronyms, phone numbers, addresses and forms.  It can be frustrating for P&C insurers to stay up-to-date on the latest procedures when they already have many protocols to follow.  To this end we have summarized below the key points relating to the major changes that became effective today:

- Significant Medicare claim processing changes effective Monday, February 03, 2014

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Topics: CMS