New Medicare Mandate Raises Liability Worries for Employers

Effective July 1, 2009, a new Medicare mandate will require employers to file claim data to CMS in an attempt to ensure that the government saves money in cases where Medicare is supposed to be a secondary payer for its beneficiaries. Self insured employers should assure that their third party administrator is positioned to provide Medicare with the required information.  Employers should be concerned because the penality for failure to report is $1,000 per day per claim. This new reporting mandate is contained in the Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 that President Bush signed a year ago. 

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