Gould & Lamb Attends H.R. 1063, The Strengthening Medicare and Repaying Taxpayers Act, Congressional Subcommittee Hearing

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Gould & Lamb’s Russell Whittle, VP of MSP Compliance, attended a hearing conducted by the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Committee on Energy and Commerce on Wednesday June 22, 2011 at the Rayburn Building in Washington D.C.

Gould & Lamb’s Russell Whittle, VP of MSP Compliance, attended a hearing conducted by the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Committee on Energy and Commerce on Wednesday June 22, 2011 at the Rayburn Building in Washington D.C., to discuss the MARC Coalition’s H.R. 1063, the Strengthening Medicare and Repaying Taxpayers Act. Representatives of the MARC Coalition presented testimony to the committee on behalf of the bill. Also providing testimony were representatives from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the United States Government Accountability Office. The hearing was an important next step in the MARC Committee’s attempt to modify the Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) Act.

Gould & Lamb endorses the bill and views it as an effort to bring certainty and clarity to an otherwise seemingly endless and inefficient system that, in its current form, benefits neither litigants nor Medicare. Both Gould & Lamb’s President and Chief Operating Officer, Deborah Pfeifle and Russell Whittle, met frequently with members of the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate in anticipation of the hearing as did the other members of the MARC Steering Committee. The bill alters the current procedural aspects of Medicare’s conditional payment subrogation efforts in workers’ compensation and tort cases by imposing time constraints, establishing recovery lien thresholds, applying a set statute of limitations to recovery efforts, and removing a beneficiary’s social security number as an identifier, among other significant changes.

It would appear that further hearings will be scheduled and perhaps CMS will be able to more completely explain their work model and convince lawmakers that the problems in the implementation of the Medicare Secondary Payer and MMSEA does not require a legislative fix but, rather, an internal one. In the interim, Gould & Lamb, with the MARC Committee, will continue to discuss the merits of H.R. 1063 with the 112th Congress.

Visit Gould & Lamb’s website, at http://www.gouldandlamb.com, for further hearing details regarding MARC Coalition’s H.R. 1063, the Strengthening Medicare and Repaying Taxpayers Act.

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