There was a time when potential Medicare liens we easy to negotiate away so the claimant and the claimant’s attorney received more money from settlements. Those days may be over.
As part of health care reform, Medicare has new teeth in the duty to report payments, settlements, and commitments to pay medical bills. $1,000 per day for failure to report. The reporting obligation began in 1989 though. The reporting obligation is broad.
One should presume that this new emphasis on reporting will lead to Medicare’s reduced willingness to waive liens in order to funnel more money back into Medicare.
For more on this legal update, see: Work Comp Cost Management Group News LinkedIn.
Mediators To Go