Medicare Secondary Payer Statute: New Reporting Requirements For Products Liability And Toxic Tort Clients By Sharon Caffrey, Christopher Crosswhite and John Lyons

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Beginning January 1, 2010, extensive new Medicare reporting obligations will apply to insurance companies and other businesses, including products liability and toxic tort defendants that make payments to Medicare beneficiaries as a result of verdicts or settlements resolving liability claims. These organizations — known as Responsible Reporting Entities ("RREs") — will be required to report virtually all settlements, judgments, awards, and other resolutions of claims establishing responsibility for payments to Medicare beneficiaries, so that Medicare may determine whether it has a stake in any part of the payment. The reporting will also enable Medicare to refuse payment for future medical care relating to the injuries that were the subject of the liability claim. Failure to report may result in significant financial penalties against the RRE.

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