High Court Asked to Hear Medicare Secondary Payor Dispute


Law360, New York (August 09, 2012, 1:53 PM ET) — A Medicare patient injured in an automobile accident urged the Supreme Court on Tuesday to determine whether Medicare can recover its entire payment when a beneficiary settles a tort or other claim for a reduced amount, claiming it could change how Medicare patients pursue personal […]

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Secondary Payer: Brief says Supreme Court Review Needed on Limits to Settlement Recovery Authority


The federal government overstepped its Medicare Secondary Payer Act authority when it sought recovery of all of its costs of caring for a Medicare beneficiary from that beneficiary’s third-party settlement, the beneficiary argued in a brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court Aug. 7 (Hadden v. United States, U.S., No. 11-1197, reply brief filed 8/7/12). […]

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Medicare Advocacy Recovery Coalition (MARC) Applauds GAO on Recently Released Medicare Secondary Payer Report


Wednesday April 11, 2012. The Medicare Advocacy Recovery Coalition (MARC) applauds the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) for their recently released report titled “Medicare Secondary Payer – Additional Steps Are Needed to Improve Program Effectiveness for Non-Group Health Plans.” This GAO report was requested by Representative Stark (D-CA-9) in August of 2010 and reflects […]

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Medicare’s Billion-Dollar Headache


By MATT DOBIAS It’s not easy to get lawmakers interested in an obscure and complex part of the Medicare law, especially when their minds are clearly on other topics, like the upcoming election. But a loose coalition of K Street types that includes trial lawyers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and advocates for seniors wants […]

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Portman, Wyden Lead Effort to Make Medicare Secondary Payer Program More Efficient, Save Taxpayer Dollars


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) are leading a bipartisan effort that includes U.S. Senators Ben Nelson (D- Neb.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) to make the Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) Program more efficient and cost effective to taxpayers. The Strengthening Medicare and Repaying Taxpayers (SMART) Act will speed up […]

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Odd Allies in Medicare Fight


An imposing new obstacle is getting in the way of the nation’s personal-injury lawsuits. It has nothing to do with the merits of the cases, or how the courts are operating. The obstacle is Medicare, the federal health insurer for the elderly. Lawyers say the program is disrupting a countless number of their settlements. Court […]

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House Subcommittee Hears Testimony on Medicare SPS


With Medicare facing an uncertain financial future and seniors clamoring for steps to be taken to bolster the program’s economic stability, Congress has held hearings to review how components of the program meet their statutory requirements and to hear suggestions on how the programs could be more effective. On Wednesday morning the House Energy and […]

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CMS Official Grilled on Medicare Secondary Payer Program


Politics were at work as Deborah Taylor, the chief financial officer of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, faced tough questioning during a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee On Oversight and Investigations hearing regarding the financial controls applied to this aspect of Medicare – a generally complex and obscure part of the program. CQ […]

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