Category Archives: MEDICARE COMPLIANCE

Post-Settlement Conditional Payment Issues in Workers’ Compensation Claims

May 13, 2021 Rasa Fumagalli JD, MSCC, CMSP-F The conditional payment recovery process in a workers’ compensation claim is not always smooth. Although the workers’ compensation insurance carrier will generally resolve any conditional payments in an accepted claim, the injured employee and counsel may find themselves in receipt of a post-settlement conditional payment notice or…

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Beware of Problematic Medicare Secondary Payer Compliance Settlement Terms

April 15, 2021 Rasa Fumagalli JD, MSCC, CMSP-F Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) compliance settlement terms utilized by defendants are often overly broad in nature. The recent opinion, Kupolati v. Village of Timber Creek Association, 2021 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 7 (App. Div. Jan. 5, 2021) and Abate v. Wal-Mart Stores, No. 1:17-cv-288-SPB, 2020 WL 7027481…

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Electronic Payment Feature of Medicare Secondary Payer Recovery Portal (MSPRP)

February 23, 2021 Rasa Fumagalli, JD, MSCC, CMSP-F The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) agency has made significant improvements over the years in their online self-service tools for Medicare beneficiaries, their representatives, insurers, and recovery agents. Beneficiaries may obtain detailed information regarding their claims by registering on the MyMedicare.gov website. If the beneficiary…

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Unraveling the Conundrum of Medicare Reimbursement

January 14, 2021 Rasa Fumagalli, JD, MSCC, CMSP-F Personal injury settlements involving Medicare beneficiaries will often have conditional payment claims by Medicare and/or Part C plan liens. Since accurate and complete information regarding Medicare’s payments may be unavailable during settlement negotiations, practitioners may find themselves engaged in guesswork. The confusion between Medicare’s interim and final…

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Book Bites: Confused by Medicare? Here’s a Helpful Overview

January 12, 2021 The Medicare program—and the related Social Security Disability Income/Retirement benefit (SSDI)—is one of the primary benefit programs available to those who are injured and disabled. Understanding the basics of this program is imperative to protecting the client’s eligibility for their benefits. Medicare and SSDI benefits are an entitlement and are not income…

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CMS Continues Push to Reduce Improper Payments Under the Medicare Program

December 10, 2020 Rasa Fumagalli, JD, MSCC, CMSP-F The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a press release announcing a steady decline in improper payments under the Medicare Fee-For-Service program over the past few years. The improper payment rate decreased to 6.27% in the fiscal year 2020, down from 7.25% in the…

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Liability Medicare Set-Asides: Where are we Today?

November 12, 2020 By: Rasa Fumagalli, JD, MSCC, CMSP-F The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has been slow in providing detailed guidance in the area of liability settlements that include compensation for future medicals. To date, the guidance consists of the May 2011 CMS Stalcup memo and the September 2011 CMS memo regarding…

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What is a Medicare Set-Aside?

October 27, 2020 For many years, personal injury cases have been resolved without consideration of Medicare’s secondary payer status even though since 1980 all forms of liability insurance have been primary to Medicare. At settlement, by judgment or through an award, an injury victim would receive damages for future medical expenses that were Medicare-covered. However,…

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How the Advent of the Mandatory Insurer Requirement Causes Problems for Lawyers

October 13, 2020 As of April 1, 2011, a Responsible Reporting Entities/insurers (RRE), (liability insurer, self-insurer, no-fault insurer, and workers’ compensation carriers) must determine whether a claimant is a Medicare beneficiary (“entitled”) and if so, provide certain information to the secretary of Health and Human Services (hereinafter “secretary”) when the claim is resolved. This is…

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United States of America vs. Carrigan & Anderson, PLLC

April 29, 2020 United States of America vs. Carrigan & Anderson, PLLC, Stephen P. Carrigan:  U.S. Attorney brings suit against personal injury lawyer and his firm over failing to pay back Medicare for conditional payments By Jason D. Lazarus, J.D., LL.M., MSCC, CSSC In yet another example of Medicare compliance-related issues, a Houston law firm…

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Liability Medicare Set-Asides (LMSAs): Insurance Policy for All

March 12, 2020 B. Josh Pettingill This article highlights why a Medicare Set-Aside (MSA) should be viewed by all settlement parties as an insurance policy – nothing more, nothing less. Medicare Secondary Payer Compliance is not a scare tactic, nor is it something to be disregarded. Rather, addressing the MSP by analyzing the need for…

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Hospital "Liens" vs. "Debts": A Distinction With a BIG Difference ​​​​​​​Third Thursday Webinar Series

Join Director of Synergy Medical Bill Clinic, Michael Walrath, Esq. as he delves into the differences between “direct provider liens” and mere “medical debts.” In this webinar, he will describe how and why these important distinctions impact the lien resolution process and expected outcomes, while also dictating the various ethical and legal exposures faced by Plaintiffs’ Lawyers, post-settlement. A 15 minute Q&A will follow the presentation.

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