New CMS Model Language Leaves Critical Questions Unanswered

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Medicare Secondary Payer Mandatory Reporting Requirements Applicable to All Liability, No-Fault and Workers’ Compensation Insurers

On August 31, 2009, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) posted an “ALERT” entitled “Compliance Regarding Obtaining Individual HICNs and/or SSNs” and an accompanying Model Language Form (the “Model Form”) to the CMS web site that is intended to provide liability, no-fault and workers' compensation insurers (collectively, “NGHP Insurers”) with guidance from the agency concerning how such entities may collect the personal information from injured claimants that each NGHP Insurer, in its capacity as a Responsible Reporting Entity (“RRE”), is required to begin reporting to CMS pursuant to The Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 (the “Act”).

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