Monthly Archives: August, 2012

Sipler v. Trans Am Trucking: Does this case mean no need to do a liability set aside?

In Sipler, a NJ Federal District Court Ruled that an MSA was not necessary in a liability settlement.  However, the ruling was in the context of a motion to enforce settlement over a dispute about release language.  An MSA is never required, however if one isn’t done the injury victim might have no Medicare coverage in the future for injury related care.  This decision does not change anything in that regard.

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CMS Proposed Rules for Future Medicals – Commentary Period Ending 8/14, Speak Now or …

On May 3 of 2012, the Office of Management and Budget received advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) entitled “Medicare Secondary Payer and ‘Future Medicals’ (CMS-6047-ANPRM)” from CMS. On June 14th, the contents of the proposal were released by CMS.  The commentary period ends tomorrow (8/14).  If you would like to comment, you must refer to file code “CMS-6047-ANPRM”.  There are various ways to comment, but the easiest way would be by going to and follow the instructions under the “More Search Options” tab. 

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Brett Panter
Panter, Panter & Sampedro

"I don't think I've directly said "thank you" for helping us with Bridgett’s case. We sent the reduced payment to Medicaid and called Bridgett's mom to tell her approximately how much money was going to be left for Bridgett and she broke down over the telephone. Given only $25k of insurance and a $850k medical bill from the hospital she didn't think Bridgett would ever see a penny."

Tom L. Copeland
Jeffrey Meldon & Associates, P.A.

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