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Lawyers, claimants, mediators note new Medicare fines.

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.

Rhonda Smiley

Resolution Guru

Mediators To Go

Is there any dispute that cannot be mediated?

This recent question posed by a curious reader is challenging. My first answer was “no.” If you can argue about it, we can mediate a resolution satisfactory to those with the dispute.

Then I thought perhaps that was too easy. Maybe there is a subject of dispute that is not appropriate for mediation.

I have done some general web searches. There are reports of, or we have done, mediation for workers compensation claims, auto and truck accidents, employment discrimination, breach of contract, insurance coverage, educational needs claims, bullying, elder abuse, nursing home negligence, probate disputes, construction defects, condemnation of land, partition of land, defamation, tortious interference with contract claims, Realtor commission claims, foreclosures, intellectual property claims, copyrights, patents, trademarks, website squatting, and so many other topics that it is difficult to conceive of a subject that cannot be mediated.

If you have experienced a dispute that you do not believe is one that could be mediated, we would love to hear what it is and why you think it cannot be mediated. Be as generic as possible to maintain your confidentiality.

Rhonda Smiley

Resolution Guru

Mediators To Go

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