The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on these problems in March of this year. According to the GAO, the average processing time for set-aside proposals went from 22 days in April 2010 up to 95 days in September 2011, which of course delayed case resolutions (CMS officials stated that they’d like to be able to wrap up reviews in 45 days). The report further stated that a backlog was created by a marked increase in submissions from 2008 to 2011, along with a change in the data system that slowed the process overall. It was noted that submissions that were ineligible altogether jumped in number significantly (by 148 percent) and this created a further backlog.
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The Official Medicare Set Aside Blog And Information Resource: Factual Existence of a Primary Plan Required
All too often CMS makes a decision that an entity is a primary plan under the MSP and makes demand for full reimbursement without any consideration of the underlying facts of the claim. And too often, courts support that primary right to one hundred percent recover from dollar one because the MSP is ambiguously written the way it is. Therefore it is refreshing to see a court make a thoughtful determination. This week Judge Sarah Vance of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana denied a motion for partial summary judgment by the United States regarding the amount of money damages it believed it was entitled from a medical malpractice settlement.
Florida Injury Medicare Set Asides (MSA)
We all know (or at least have heard) that Medicare costs are skyrocketing. As a countermeasure, the U.S. Congress enacted a collection of laws known as the “Medicare Secondary Payer” Act (commonly referred to as MSP). The basic premise is this: if someone is injured, and a source of funds (other than medicare) exists to pay for the past and future medical expenses as a result of that injury – such other source of funds should be used. Only when NO OTHER source of coverage exists, will Medicare pay for the medical treatment related to the injury (this, of course, assumes that the person in question is eligible to recieve Medicare benefits).
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The Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) statute -42 USC 1395y(b)(2)-,ralph lauren, regulations under that statute -42 CFR 411.21 et seq.- and the Medicare,louboutin pas cher, Medicaid and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 -42 USC 1395y(8)- create obligations on the part of the Medicare beneficiary, the beneficiary’s attorney, the party against whom a civil claim is made by a Medicare beneficiary and the insurers of both the beneficiary and the claim respondent. Those obligations include reporting the claim to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), reimbursing past payments made by Medicare related to the claim and protecting Medicare’s interests related to future payments related to the claim.
Medicare and Medicare Set Asides, a Personal Injury Attorney’s Perspective
Although there have been rumblings from Medicare for the past several years that Medicare will begin demanding the same or similar evaluation of whether Medicare Set- Asides are required in bodily injury liability cases, we have not yet received any definitive statement from Medicare on this issue. Some attorneys have taken Medicare’s failure to establish rules and regulations for Medicare Set-Asides as an indication that Medicare will continue to pay for future accident related treatment without requiring a Medicare Set-Aside, and have consequently not addressed the issue with their clients. Unfortunately, this may expose the attorney to significant legal liability down the road. It is always possible that Medicare will start withholding Medicare benefits for accident related treatment if a Set-Aside has not been established, which could in turn lead to a lot of angry clients knocking on attorneys’ doors looking for explanations. While this scenario may never come to pass, prudence dictates that attorneys should at the very least discuss with their clients the potential need for a Medicare Set-Aside. If the client refuses to establish a Set-Aside, the attorney should obtain a written acknowledgment that failure to establish a Set-Aside may affect future Medicare benefits for accident related treatment. If you would like to discuss these matters further, please do not hesitate to call me at 386-258-1622 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Plaintiff’s Resource Talks to us About Medicare Set Asides
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Solos, Structured Settlements, & Medicare Set Asides
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