Insurers and self-insured employers face a Dec. 31 deadline to register with a federal agency, but numerous questions remain about what workers compensation and liability claims data must be fed into the Medicare system, several experts say. Insurers and self-insured employers identified as responsible reporting entities must register with the U.S. Centers for Medicare & […]
Inflated rulings on how much employers must set aside to ensure Medicare does not pay for workers compensation medical claims are resulting in needless cost increases, risk managers and claims experts contend. Claim settlement delays and government practices for evaluating workers comp claims requiring a Medicare set-aside are boosting costs for those claims by as […]
Is a municipality immune from conditional payment liability under the Medicare Secondary Payer Act, 42 U.S.C. §1395y(b)(8)? No. This answer may surprise claims managers for public entities, but the law provides no protection whatsoever for municipalities. Not even federal government agencies are exempt. The rationale is simple: Medicare needs to be made whole. Social Security and […]
The Medicare Secondary Payer Act has been in place for more than two decades. During that time, much has been written regarding the requirements to comply with Medicare. Third-party administrators and self-insureds are particularly vulnerable to changes in Medicare regulations—most recently, and in particular, the State Children Health Insurance Program Extension Act. This article traces […]
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