Part D MSP Reform Legislation Re-Introduced in Congress

On Thursday, February 16, Congressman Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI) re-introduced the Secondary Payer Advancement, Rationalization, and Clarification Act (SPARC Act – H.R. 1122) into the US. House of Representatives. For our prior blog and a detailed overview of the SPARC Act, click here. For Congressman Tim Murphy’s press release on the SPARC Act’s re-introduction, click here.  SPARC is … Read more »

Medicare Secondary Payer False Claims Act Update

Lately, we have seen an increase in Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) False Claims Act (FCA) litigation in Federal courts. Below is an update on two prior existing MSP FCA cases- U.S. ex rel. Kent Takemoto (U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit), and Negron v. Progressive (U.S. District Court, New Jersey). Additionally, we have become aware of the now unsealed MSP … Read more »

Social Security Number Removal Initiative (SSNRI) Impact to Section 111 Reporting

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Yesterday, CMS hosted a Town Hall regarding the SSN removal initiative (SSNRI) and its impact to Medicare Secondary Payer processes and particularly MMSEA Section 111 Reporting; For our prior blog on this Town Hall and the SSNRI, click here. There were two parts to the call: In the first segment, CMS explained its overall plan for SSNRI generally and how … Read more »

U.S. California District Court Rules Medicare Reimbursement is Limited to Related Injuries Identified by Diagnosis Codes

Franco Signor always take the position on behalf of our Clients to aggressively dispute unrelated charges related to Medicare’s claim for conditional payment reimbursement.  Our efforts have resulted in well over 90% reductions in charges because of it.  This case, brought by the California Insurance Guarantee Association (CIGA) explains why it is important to remain proactive in managing your conditional … Read more »

NGHP User Guide Version 5.2 Released

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CMS has released an updated Non-Group Health Plan (NGHP) User Guide version 5.2. It can be found here. There is only one minor change to the User Guide, which is to reflect the new thresholds for workers’ compensation, liability and no-fault claims which CMS had announced back in November. For our prior blog on the updated thresholds which were announced in … Read more »

CMS to Hold Open Door Forum Regarding Impact of Removal of SSN numbers to MMSEA Section 111 Reporting

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On the heels of CMS’ announcement from May 2016 that it was taking steps to comply with the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), which requires CMS to remove SSNs from Medicare ID cards by April 16, 2019, CMS has announced an Open Door Forum call to address how this change would impact Section 111 processes. More information on the … Read more »