SIIA Joins Industry Appeal to Extend Medicare Reporting Deadline

February 4, 2010 – Consistent with its role of representing the interests of workers’ compensation self-insurers in Washington, DC, SIIA today joined with leading property/casualty insurance organizations in an appeal to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to delay implementation of Medicare secondary payer mandatory reporting requirements by the deadline of April 1, as defined by the Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007.

A letter to be delivered directly to Secretary Sebelius stated in part, “Property/casualty insurers, as well as companies that self-insure, have been working diligently for the past two years to meet the new reporting requirements. Despite our best efforts and those of the senior decision makers within the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), the agency has yet to demonstrate that the new reporting system will properly function. Yet, we are expected to begin reporting data using this system in just a matter of weeks.

“Even more critical, CMS has not yet provided final reporting parameters to those insurers and self-insurers subject to the new requirements. Since failure to comply with the reporting requirements as of April 1, 2010, will exposure insurers and self-insureds to substantial financial penalties, we believe that a more realistic implementation date is not only appropriate but also imperative.”

The letter also includes detailed reasons why the Department of Health and Human Services should immediately consider a delay in the implementation date. Signed by SIIA, the American Insurance Association and the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, the message is available in full at www.siia.org.

The issue of Medicare secondary payer reporting with be addressed at the association’s Workers’ Compensation Executive Forum, scheduled for May 11-13, 2010 in New Orleans. Conference details can be accessed by clicking here.

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