[Guidance Overview] CMS Updates Mandatory Insurer Reporting Requirements and User Guide

[Guidance Overview] CMS Updates Mandatory Insurer Reporting Requirements and User Guide
Excerpt: “The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has revised its guidance on new data-reporting obligations for group health plans (GHPs) and their insurers and third party administrators (TPAs) that were effective January 1, 2009. . . . The rules will require insurers, third party administrators (TPAs) and a plan administrator or fiduciary of a self-insured/self-administered group health plan to collect data for certain classes of participants and beneficiaries — including Social Security Numbers (SSNs) or Medicare Health Insurance Claim Numbers (HICNs) — and electronically file the information with Medicare in accordance with detailed rules established by CMS.” (The Segal Group, Inc.)
Source: www.segalco.com

Metro Guide Online – Omaha World-Herald
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[Guidance Overview] CMS Delay of MSP Mandatory Reporting for HRAs and Provision of Other Guidance for Group Health Plans
Excerpt: “CMS has updated the User Guide for group health plans on its Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) mandatory reporting website. Like the earlier versions of the guide . . ., the updated version covers a wide range of topics relevant for the ‘responsible reporting entities’ (RREs) who must provide information to CMS in order to help CMS identify situations in which the plans are (or have been) primary to Medicare.” (Employee Benefits Institute of America)
Source: www.ebia.com

Drug deal may be bad trip for Democrats – Politico.com
A Senate-side deal last month with drug manufacturers is coming back to bite House Democrats looking for savings to pay for their own health care reform bill this summer. Having struck a bargain with Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D …
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Federal government to pay good share of state’s Medicaid’s costs (Arkansas News Bureau)
LITTLE ROCK — The federal government will pay a larger share of the cost of Medicaid in Arkansas, thanks to increased funding in the economic stimulus package.
Source: arkansasnews.com

Annual Checkup for Social Security and Medicare
Excerpt: “The financial health of the government’s two biggest benefit programs may have slipped over the past year, reflecting the deep recession that has already bitten into other areas of the budget. The trustees for Social Security and Medicare are scheduled to provide their annual report on the finances of both programs on Tuesday. In advance of the release, many private analysts said they expected both programs could run out of cash sooner than last predicted.” (AP via The New York Times; free registration required)
Source: www.nytimes.com

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