We are living through historic times. COVID-19 may result in permanent changes including how and where we normally work; while, during this same period, the Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) industry may see CMS finalize and publish regulations regarding how and when to calculate and impose civil monetary penalties (CMPs) upon group health plan (GHP) and non-group health plan (NGHP) responsible reporting entities (RREs) which fail to meet reporting obligations.
The public comment period for the CMPs proposed rule (85 FR 8793-8804) closed on April 20, 2020. CMS does not appear to be extending this deadline. To date, while no public comments have been posted yet by CMS, keep a watchful eye. By comparison, in 2014, the 34 public comments on CMS-6061-ANPRM on CMPs were posted about 15 days following the comment close period. Notwithstanding, MSP industry leaders generally seem to think that the proposed CMPs might be quite similar to any forthcoming final rule in both form and substance. Publication and effective dates may be the next steps and perhaps as early as 2020 or 2021.
In the wake of COVID-19, perhaps, MSP decision-makers may prioritize an audit of their reporting and recovery compliance program to assess better practices now to avoid CMPs later. With COVID-19 work force reductions and work from home orders, now might be a good time to weigh various reporting alternatives such as system-based versus claims personnel-based reporting solutions. If anything, then the proposed rule for CMPs offers an opportune litmus test on (1) registering and reporting as required by MSP; (2) RREs reporting in a manner that exceeds error tolerances in the proposed rule by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services; and (3) RRE reporting information compared and contrasted with CMS payment recovery efforts from the RRE.
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