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MMSEA UPDATE – March 4, 2010

In recent weeks CMS has provided numerous updates regarding Medicare, Medicaid, & SCHIP Extension Act of 2007. In addition to the implementation date being pushed back to January 1, 2011 CMS has attempted to provide clarity in their February 24, 2010 Alerts. These alerts provide information on how NGHP entities can remain in compliance with the requirements and provide further clarification regarding who should report.

Despite CMS’ attempt to provide clarity to a very complex process, it is an industry consensus that the information that has been provided may have only confused matters more.

The most recent information provided by CMS was posted on 03/04/2010:

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/MandatoryInsRep/04_Whats_New.asp#TopOfPage

  • The February, 2010 – 270/271 Health Care Eligibility Benefit Inquiry and Response Companion Guide for Mandatory Reporting NGHP Entities, Version 4, is being posted to the NGHP section page.
  • The January 28 and February 25, 2010 NGHP Town Hall Teleconferences written transcripts are being posted to the NGHP Transcripts section page.

TESTIMONIALS

“Synergy is our guiding light for deferring our contingent legal fees and planning for retirement. The lawyers at Panter Panter & Sampedro, myself included, have been working with them for over ten years using different methods to defer comp and plan for retirement.”

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.

CMS Proposed Regulations for Civil Penalties for Reporting, Recent Commentary on MSAs and PAID Act Third Thursday Webinar

Join us this month for a special presentation by Synergy Partner Planner, Josh Pettingill to learn more about CMS's new proposed regulations. There have been numerous announcements recently by CMS that can impact trial lawyers' ability to resolve claims in a timely manner. In the past 30 days, CMS has rolled out initiatives for penalties pertaining to Section 111 reporting requirements as well as updated the Medicare Learning Network for medical providers regarding Medicare Set-Asides. This presentation will discuss all of these updates, as well as highlight the Provide Accurate Information Directly (PAID) Act and MSA attestation updates published on the CMS website.  A 15-minute question and answer session will follow.

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