Section 111 of the Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 (PL 110-173) amends the Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) provisions of the Social Security Act (Section 1862(b) of the Social Security Act; 42 U.S.C. 1395y(b)) to provide for mandatory reporting of insurance coverage for group health plans, liability insurance (including self-insurance), no-fault insurance, and workers' compensation. The new law imposes a reporting duty on carriers to report the identity of Medicare beneficiaries and coverage information to CMS for all those that are covered by "primary" plans like health insurance, or active claims under workers compensation or auto liability plans.
On 8-1-08 CMS released a Statement Summary listing Medicare mandatory reporting "data elements" listing required reporting details and the reasons behind implementing the requirements. Carriers must now notify CMS if a known Medicare recipient has a claim or coverage. Fines for noncompliance are $1,000 /day.
Compliance dates: -- January 1, 2009 information reporting for group health plans
-- July 1, 2009 reporting from liability insurance, no-fault insurance, and workers' compensation.
It is expected CMS will demand to be notified of all workers compensation settlements or all liability settlements for any Medicare beneficiaries so as to enforce the Secondary Payer Regulations, Medicare lien recovery rules and credits against future payments for injury related medical expense. Reporting requirements may also include (1) Nature of Injury, (2) Cause of Injury, (3) State of Venue, (4) ICD-9 primary diagnosis codes and (5) Specific Body Part involved. See the Statement Summary above for a detailed listing of data elements.
CMS created a central web page, Mandatory Medicare Insurance Reporting, for summary information regarding the updated carrier reporting requirements, updated memos and .pdf downloads.
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