Medicare Secondary Payer

The SMART Act: A Bipartisan Attempt to Make the MSP Act Workable

Posted by Judy Mayer on January 23, 2013
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On January 10, 2013, President Obama signed into law H.R. 1845, which includes the Strengthening Medicare and Repaying Taxpayers Act of 2011 (SMART Act).[1] The SMART Act,  amends several portions of the Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) Act that apply to non-group health plans, including liability (including self-insurance) and no-fault insurance and workers’ compensation plans (together, NGHPs).  Although the SMART Act makes significant substantive and procedural amendments to the MSP Act, many practical issues will continue to bedevil parties who are trying to settle a personal injury claim. Continue reading…

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Reading the Tea Leaves in Regard to the Medicare Secondary Payer Act and Future Medicals

Posted by Gregory M. Fliszar on July 16, 2012
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On June 14, 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (the “Proposed Rule”) soliciting comments on a proposal to clarify how Medicare beneficiaries and their representatives can protect Medicare’s interests and satisfy their obligations under the Medicare Secondary Payer (“MSP”) Act when “future medical care” is claimed or the settlement, judgment, award, or other payment releases claims for future medical care. Continue reading…

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