Category Archives: Blog

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 …
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About Franco Signor, Blog, Franco Signor News

Ventiv Technology is pleased to announce the addition of Franco Signor’s proprietary Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Extension Act (MMSEA) reporting module to their ever-growing suite of services. Ventiv’s advanced CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) solution represents an expanded relationship between two of the claim industry’s most innovative companies. By offering a more seamless user interface for the traditionally complex MMSEA-reporting …
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About Franco Signor, Blog, Medicare Advantage Part C

On April 2, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that updates Medicare Advantage Plan (MAP) and Medicare Part D policy changes which provides the plans “with new tools to improve quality of care and provide more plan choices for MA and Part D enrollees.” CMS estimates that the changes will result in $295 …
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Blog, Medicare Advantage Part C, Pharma Part D, Trial Practice

A new decision was handed down from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in the Barbara J. Harvey v. Florida Health Sciences Center, Inc. this month.  Here, the Plaintiff pursued a medical malpractice claim against a hospital for her husband’s death.  The hospital agreed to binding arbitration on the sole issue of damages to avoid a lawsuit. …
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Blog, Medicare Advantage Part C, Pharma Part D

The Medicare Advocacy Recovery Coalition (MARC) is an organization made up of insurance companies, third party administrators, defense firms, plaintiff firms and MSP compliance companies. MARC recently announced an important new legislative initiative. Primary Plans which are plagued unfairly by MSP private cause of action claims would have an important tool at their disposal, once the legislation is introduced and …
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Blog, Medicare Set Aside, WCMSA

Version 2.7 of the Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside (WCMSA) Reference Guide has been released as of March 19, 2018. It can be found here. The two minor changes are the following: An updated phone number for the Workers’ Compensation Review Contractor (WCRC). The new phone number is (833) 295-3773. See section 14.0 (pg. 51), Appendix 1 (pg. 61) and Appendix 5 (pg. 84). …
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Blog, Legal/Legislative News, Medicare Advantage Part C, Trial Practice

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas has issued an opinion in ongoing litigation by Aetna and Humana, both Medicare Advantage Plans (MAPs), against a Plaintiff law firm that represented asbestos trusts. The allegation by Aetna and Humana (“Plaintiffs”) is that Defendant Shrader Associates LLP (“Schrader”) represented at least fifteen “Matched claimants” that received coverage from the …
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Blog, Legal/Legislative News, Medicare Advantage Part C

Primary Plans Beware: The tide continues to turn across the country in favor of Medicare Advantage Plans (MAPs) having a right to sue primary plans based on the Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) private cause of action and the ability to seek double damages for the failure to reimburse MAP conditional payments. The decision has the potential to extend the law …
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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 …
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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 …
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