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08/Jul/2024

On July 2, 2024, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated the MMSEA Section 111 NGHP User Guide version 7.6. It has been posted to the NGHP User Guide page on CMS.gov.  The NGHP User Guide version 7.6 replaces Version 7.5 which was released on April 1, 2024.  The updated MMSEA Section 111 NGHP User Guide version 7.6 has been posted to the NGHP User Guide page on CMS.gov.

MMSEA III – July 1, 2024 – NGHP User Guide Downloads 7.6

Updates:  An expanded and specific definition has been to clarify the qualification of a cumulative injury for Section 111 NGHP reporting. (Chapter 2).

Updates:  There are no changes for this version.

Updates:   The submission of information related to Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside Arrangements (WCMSAs) will be required for all records submitted with a TPOC date after April 4, 2025 (Section 6.5.1.1). As of January 1, 2024, the threshold for physical trauma-based liability insurance settlements will remain at $750. CMS will maintain the $750 threshold for no-fault insurance and workers’ compensation settlements, where the no-fault insurer or workers’ compensation entity does not otherwise have ongoing responsibility for medicals (Section 6.4).

Updates:  Information on how to resolve TIN address errors was added (Sections 6.3.3 and 6.6.5).

Updates:  An expanded and specific definition has been to clarify the qualification of a cumulative injury for Section 111 NGHP reporting (Section 3.2).

The language used to describe the date of incident and how a cumulative injury fits within that definition from CMS’ perspective with a caution note that CMS’ definition of cumulative injury is different from the insurance industry’s definition:

From Chapter 2, page 2-2, “CMS defines the Date of Incident (DOI) as follows:

  • The date of the accident (for an automobile or other accident);
  • The date of first exposure (for claims involving exposure, including; occupational disease, or any associated cumulative injury);
  • The date of first ingestion (for claims involving ingestion);
  • The date of the implant or date of first implant, if there are multiple implants (for claims involving implant(s); or
  • The earlier of the date that treatment for any manifestation of the cumulative injury began, when such treatment preceded formal diagnosis, or the first date that formal diagnosis was made by a medical practitioner (for claims involving cumulative injury).

Note: Cumulative injury refers to those categories of injuries that may persist or grow in severity, intensity, or pain but for which a formal diagnosis may not occur until a later date. Examples of cumulative injuries include, but are not limited to, carpal tunnel syndrome, or back pain that is not the result of an acute trauma. Exposure, ingestion, and inhalation injuries are not considered cumulative injuries for purposes of calculating DOI or any other reporting requirements. This CMS definition differs from the definition of that generally used by the insurance industry under specific circumstances. For the DOI used by the insurance and workers’ compensation industry, see Field 13 of the Claim Input File Detail Record in the NGHP User Guide Appendices, Chapter V.”

Updates:  The end-of-line character has been clarified for files using HEW software (270/271 File Translation).

 

For Additional Information

Medivest will continue to monitor changes occurring at CMS and will keep its readers up to date when such changes are announced. For questions, feel free to reach out to the Medivest representative in your area by clicking here or call us direct at 877.725.2467.

 


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09/Apr/2024

On April 1, 2024, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated the MMSEA Section 111 Non-Group Health Plan (NGHP) User Guide version 7.5. It has been posted to the NGHP User Guide page on CMS.gov.  The NGHP User Guide version 7.5 replaces Version 7.4 which was released on January, 30, 2024.

To download the updated MMSEA Section 111 NGHP User Guide 7.5 click here.

MMSEA III- April 1, 2024 – NGHP User Guide Downloads 7.5

Updates:  There are no changes for this version

Updates:  There are no changes for this version.

Updates:   The submission of information related to Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside Arrangements (WCMSAs) will be required for all records submitted with a TPOC date after April 4, 2025 (Section 6.5.1.1). As of January 1, 2024, the threshold for physical trauma-based liability insurance settlements will remain at $750. CMS will maintain the $750 threshold for no-fault insurance and workers’ compensation settlements, where the no-fault insurer or workers’ compensation entity does not otherwise have ongoing responsibility for medicals (Section 6.4).

Updates:  The submission of information related to Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside Arrangements (WCMSAs) will be required for all records submitted with a TPOC date after April 4, 2025 (Sections 6.1, 6.4.4, and 6.5). As of January 1, 2024, the threshold for physical trauma-based liability insurance settlements will remain at $750. CMS will maintain the $750 threshold for no-fault insurance and workers’ compensation settlements, where the no-fault insurer or workers’ compensation entity does not otherwise have ongoing responsibility for medicals (Section 6.4).

Updates:  Beginning April 4, 2025, CMS will collect information about WCMSAs through Section 111 reporting. To support this effort, related fields have been added to the Claim Input File Detail Record; note that as the current file layout is unchanged, all the not-yet-implemented codes are marked with an asterisk (*) in the field number to distinguish them from the those in the current file layout. Once they are in effect, all the asterisks will be removed and the fields that follow them will be renumbered. Error codes related to these fields have also been added to the Claim Response File Error Code Resolution Table (Appendix A and Appendix G).

Updates:  The end-of-line character has been clarified for files using HEW software (270/271 File Translation).

For Additional Information

Medivest will continue to monitor changes occurring at CMS and will keep its readers up to date when such changes are announced. For questions, feel free to reach out to the Medivest representative in your area by clicking here or call us direct at 877.725.2467.

 


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10/Jan/2024

CMS updated the Medicare Secondary Payer Recovery Portal (MSPRP) User Guide on January 8, 2024 to version 6.0, which outlines updated functionality and improvements to the Portal. The User Guide can be found here.

Changes of Note

Chapter 1 contains a summary of updates / changes, many of which are administrative in nature.

One change of a substantive nature is that the definition of a disputed claim has been updated (Table 15-13).

Language on the Case Creation Continued page for self-reporting a case that is non-trauma based has been updated and clarified (Table 13-3).

Also, to reduce the number of cases submitted in error, beneficiaries, insurers, and authorized representatives now have the ability to close and permanently remove a case from their account that was reported via the MSPRP in error (Sections 12.1.3 and 12.2.4).

Probably most importantly, MSPRP users can now submit any type of correspondence for BCRC or CRC cases via the MSPRP portal. A generic Submit Case Documentation action has been added to the Case Information page, along with subsequent pages used to upload and submit documents. This is extremely helpful because in the past only certain types of documents could be uploaded on the portal and otherwise, had to be faxed or mailed in with the added time and hassle of having to confirm receipt at a later date.  Now, all types of documents may be uploaded.  This will save time and will help simplify the process for any case and especially those more complex cases that have multiple defendant and/or UIM payers.

Lastly, the Letter Activity tab has been renamed Correspondence Activity and references to these screens and sections have been updated throughout the application (Section 15.1.2.13).

For Additional Information

Count on Medivest to help keep you up to date with the constant updates, guidance, and rule changes related to CMS’s enforcement of the MSP on a regular basis. For questions, feel free to reach out to the Medivest representative in your area by clicking here or call us direct at 877.725.2467.


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