Lien

SCOTUS Limits Medicaid Lien Recoveries

On March 20, 2013 the Supreme Court released its decision in Wos v. EMA, a federal case determining the legality of North Carolina’s Medicaid recovery statute.  The Court held that the anti-lien provision of the federal Medicaid Act prevents a state from taking any portion of a judgment or settlement not designated as medical care. […]

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House & Senate Pass Medicare’s SMART Act

Both the House and Senate passed the SMART act prior to the Christmas holiday last week.  In the House just 3 “no” votes were cast against 401 “yes” votes.  The Senate passed the act without a single “no” vote.  There is little doubt that President Obama will sign the bill into law. What is the […]

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Medicare Advantage Plans Entitled to Medicare Liens

In late June, the 3rd Circuit held that Medicare Advantage Plans (“MAP” or “MAPs”) have the same rights to reimbursement as regular Medicare.  The district court in In Re Avandia Marketing, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 63544, (E.D. Penn. 2012) originally held the plans do not have the same rights to reimbursement as regular Medicare.  However, […]

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LRS Public Comment: CMS-6047-ANPRM – CMS Proposed Rules for Liability Medicare Set-Asides

As you should know, Medicare has taken its first steps toward requiring Medicare Set-Asides in all personal injury cases.  On June 15, 2012, it (via CMS and HHS) posted a request for public comment on rules it hastily created for a potential LMSA system.  Our initial analysis of the federal register posting from June 15 […]

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Medicare Case Type Definitions: Liability & No-Fault

The most important part of Medicare lien resolution occurs months (or even years) before you send payment to the MSPRC.  That most important process is reporting to the Coordination of Benefits Contractor (“COBC”).  If you report the wrong date of incident you risk wasting months of work.  If you report the wrong injuries you risk […]

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Medicare Conditional Payment Notices

Yesterday I saw more Conditional Payment Notices from Medicare in one day, than I had the entire month of April.  Conditional Payment Notices (“CPNs”) are different than Conditional Payment Letters (“CPLs”), but they should not concern you if you know how to respond.  This post will discuss what is a CPN, what do to with […]

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Liability MSA (LMSA) Cases Cited by the MSA Industry

Many of those involved in the MSA industry (including CMS officials) point to “LMSAs” being approved by Federal District Courts. These cases are circulated on listservs and message boards as reminders that LMSAs may be necessary in certain cases. These cases all carry one extra piece of information worth noting: the underlying injuries were the […]

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