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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

"I just wanted to say thanks to you and the entire Synergy Settlement Services team for helping us put together a series of structured settlements and special needs trusts in two complex cases involving significant recoveries. As always, your accessibility, guidance and expertise on a whole host of post-settlement issues is very much appreciated and valued, particularly with respect to the often confusing topic of Medicare set asides. I look forward to our continued collaboration on cases in the future and am very appreciate of the first rate service your company continues to provide to our clients."

Stephan Le Clainche
Formerly of Babbitt, Johnson, Osborne & Le Clainche

"Synergy is an invaluable partner in the mediation process. They have extensive expertise in Medicare, Medicaid and Structured Settlements and the ability to explain the impact of these complex concepts to my clients in simple, clear and understandable language. This allows me to focus on obtaining the best possible result in the settlement process."

Michael J. Winer, Esq.
President Florida Workers Advocates (FWA)

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