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Section 111 - Are You Ready for the New CMS Reporting Requirements?. Presented by:. Lisa K. Shortt Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP 300 N. Greene Street, Suite 1400 Greensboro, North Carolina 17401 T: (336) 378-5200 F: (336) 378-5400. Erin S. Zuiker Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP

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Section 111 - Are You Ready for the New CMS Reporting Requirements?

Presented by:

Lisa K. Shortt

Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP

300 N. Greene Street, Suite 1400

Greensboro, North Carolina 17401

T: (336) 378-5200

F: (336) 378-5400

Erin S. Zuiker

Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP

434 Fayetteville Street, Suite 2800

Raleigh, North Carolina 27601

T: (919) 755-8700

F: (919) 755-8800

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Section 111 : New Reporting Rules

  • Since 1980, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) has had the right to be the Secondary Payer for any medical expenses paid on behalf of a Medicare beneficiary.

  • Through the MMSEA Section 111 Reporting Requirements, CMS is exerting its right to always be the payer of last resort.

CMS


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Statutory Authority

  • In 2007, Congress passed new legislation that added teeth to the existing Medicare Secondary Payer (“MSP”) law.

  • The Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 (“MMSEA”) amended the MSP provisions at 42 U.S.C. 1395y(b)


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Statutory Authority – MMSEA Section 111

  • Section 111 of the MMSEA:

    • Includes mandatory reporting requirements to ensure Medicare’s status as a Secondary payer;

    • Imposes new reporting requirements on all GHPs and NGHPs; and

    • Includes a penalty for non-compliance = $1,000 per day, per claim.


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Section 111 : New Reporting Rules

  • Mandatory Reporting Requirements:

    • To accomplish its status as Secondary Payer, CMS wants to know what entities are settling with Medicare Beneficiaries.

    • CMS now wants data, so that it can guarantee its status as a Secondary Payer.

    • Section 111 will enable CMS to ensure that it does not make payments if another payer is responsible.


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Section 111 : New Reporting Rules

  • Section 111 Reporting only applies to Medicare Beneficiaries (it has no application to Medicaid).

  • Under Section 111, if you or your organization pays the medical expenses of a Medicare beneficiary, you must report to CMS.


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Who is Impacted?

  • Responsible Reporting Entities (“RRE”) are those entities required to report data to CMS under Section 111 of the MMSEA

  • CMS has categorized RREs into:

    • Group Health Plans (“GHPs”); and

    • Non-Group Health Plans (“NGHPs”).


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GHPs - 42 U.S.C. 1395y(b)(7)

  • GHPs - 42 U.S.C. 1395y(b)(7)

    • GHP - entity that in return for receipt of a premium, assumes obligation to pay claims.

    • Third Party Administrator (“TPA”) – entity that pays or adjudicates claims on behalf of the GHP.

    • For MMSEA Section 111, the GHP’s TPA is the RRE.

    • Implementation began January 1, 2009.

    • CMS estimates that 70% of all GHP MSP data is already reported.


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NGHPs - 42 U.S.C. 1395y(b)(8)

  • Focus of this presentation is on NGHPs


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NGHPs – The “applicable plan”

  • The “applicable plan” includes:

    • Liability insurance (including self-insurance);

    • No-fault insurance; and

    • Workers’ compensation.


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NGHPs

  • Unlike GHPs, the TPA for NGHPs is not the RRE, “based solely on its status as a TPA.”

  • NGHPs may use an agent for reporting purposes, though the liability for noncompliance remains with the NGHP.


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What Must be Reported?

  • Section 111 mandates that all payers will be responsible for reporting any:

    • Settlements;

    • Judgments;

    • Awards; or

    • Other payments for any medical expenses…

      That are paid on behalf of a Medicare

      beneficiary.



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When To Report?

  • Section 111 requires a Quarterly Report to be submitted to CMS.

  • Each RRE was required to register between May 1, 2009 and September 30, 2009. Though registration remains open.

    • The RRE will be assigned an RRE ID.

    • Each RRE ID will be assigned a Quarterly File Submission Date.


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When To Report?

  • Once registered, the RRE will begin a testing phase.

  • The testing phase will run through March 31, 2010.

  • Live data submissions will begin April 1, 2010.


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Responsible Reporting Entity (“RRE”)

  • Section 111 mandates that the RRE report specific information to CMS beginning in 2010.

  • An RRE is the entity that actually pays the claim on behalf of a Medicare eligible individual.

    • Examples:

      • An entity has 1st Dollar coverage for their liability insurance, the

        Insurer is the RRE because the Insurer pays the claim in full.

      • An entity has a Self-Insured Retention (“SIR”) amount of $500,000, the Insured is the RRE for any monies paid to a Medicare

        beneficiary out of the SIR amount.

      • An entity does not have an insurance policy, but settles for $10,000 with an injured party who is a Medicare beneficiary, the entity paying the claim is the RRE.


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RRE

  • The RRE may contract with a TPA for their insurance obligations, however the TPA is not the RRE “based solely on its status as a TPA.”

  • The Section 111 Reporting responsibility remains with the RRE.

  • The penalty of $1000/day/claim remains with the RRE.


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What Data?

  • Data elements include:

    • Social security number;

    • Date of injury;

    • Plan information;

    • Settlement amounts; and

    • Legal representation information.


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How is Data Reported?

All submissions must be in an electronic format .


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Types of Settlements

  • CMS has identified two Types of Settlements:

    • Total Payment Obligation to the Claimant (“TPOC”); and

    • Ongoing Responsibility for Medicals (“ORM”).


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TPOC

  • TPOC payments require only one reporting event:

    • If at time of payment, the individual receiving payment is a current Medicare beneficiary = Report

    • If at time of payment, the individual receiving payment is not a current Medicare beneficiary = Do Not Report

  • That’s it!


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Reporting TPOCs

  • All TPOCs as of January 1, 2010.

  • TPOCs Interim Thresholds:

    • 2010 – payments below $5000.00 exempt

    • 2011 – payments below $2000.00 exempt

    • 2012 – payments below $600.00 exempt

  • But note, if multiple TPOCs are reported on the same record or if a deductible is involved, the combined total is used in determining the threshold.


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ORM

  • ORM payments require two reporting events:

    • If at time of payment, the individual receiving payment is a current Medicare beneficiary = Report; and

    • The second report is at the time the ORM payment obligation terminates.


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ORM

  • Note: If at the time of payment, the individual is NOT a Medicare beneficiary, but later becomes a Medicare beneficiary, the RRE is responsible for monitoring the individual’s change in status and reporting the data to CMS.


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Reporting ORMs

  • ORMs incurred as of July 1, 2009 are reportable.

  • No-fault and liability ORMs, including self-insurance, have no de minimus dollar threshold .

  • Workers’ Compensation ORMs – exempt through 12/31/2010, if meet ALL of the following:

    • “Medicals only”’

    • “Lost time” of no more than 7 calendar days

    • All payment(s) has/have been made directly to the medical provider

    • Total payment does not exceed $600.00


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What will Section 111 Cost to Implement?

  • CMS estimates it will take RREs approximately 375 hours to develop the administrative processes to comply with Section 111.


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What will Section 111 Cost to Implement?

  • However, compliance requires:

    • Potential collection and entry of over 200 data

      fields per claimant;

    • Potential for 199 error codes;

    • Ongoing Quarterly Reports;

    • Internal Monitoring of an individual’s Medicare status

      for ORM payments; and

    • Failure to Report = $1000/day/claim.


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What will Section 111 Cost to Implement?

  • CMS has developed strict guidance for reporting:

    • Data must be reported in a certain form and format;

    • Data must be converted into a “flat file” in ASCII format; and

    • Data cannot be reported:

      • in Excel;

      • in Word; or

      • In a manner that does not control every aspect of data entry into the required field.


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Section 111 Medical Payments by Liability Entities

www.smlcompliance.com

  • Software is designed to drive proper data entry by:

    • Restricting field inputs,

    • Identifying errors with error reports,

    • Formatting fields to the required specifications,

    • Automatically creating the reports specified by CMS, and

    • Importing the Medicare Response files and generating reports.



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Erin S. Zuiker

Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP

434 Fayetteville Street, Suite 2800

Raleigh, North Carolina 27601

T: (919) 755-8700

F: (919) 755-8800

Lisa K. Shortt

Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP

300 N. Greene Street, Suite 1400

Greensboro, North Carolina 17401

T: (336) 378-5200

F: (336) 378-5400


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