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Mandatory MSP Reporting Starts 1/1/09

Jan 13, 2009

Starting Jan. 1, 2009, group health plans (GHP) must provide reports to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) about plan participants who also have Medicare coverage. These reports help CMS coordinate with group health plans whose members have Medicare, thus saving CMS money.

Insurers and third-party administrators are primarily responsible for providing these reports on behalf of the group health plans. Anthem Blue Cross will provide this reporting on behalf of their groups.

What information will be required from our clients?

The mandate requires that Anthem provides the following information:

Why is CMS asking for this information?

Anthem already reports most of this information through a voluntary data exchange agreement currently in place with CMS. Beginning Jan. 1, 2009, reporting will be mandatory. The data collected enables CMS to pay claims accurately the first time by determining primary versus secondary payer responsibilities.

What's the penalty for non-compliance?

Failure to report the required eligibility data may subject Anthem Blue Cross and potentially your clients to a civil penalty of $1,000 for each day of noncompliance for each individual for which the information should have been submitted. No fines will be issued as long as groups and carriers make good-faith efforts towards compliance.

No action on the part of you or your clients is needed at this time. If we require additional information from your clients in the future, your Regional Sales Manager will contact you with instructions. If you have any questions, please contact your Beere & Purves representative.

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