CMS Announces New Fixed Percentage Option For Medicare’s Recovery Claim

October 26, 2011

Certain beneficiaries will be able to resolve Medicare’s recovery claim by paying Medicare 25% of his/her total liability insurance settlement instead of using the traditional recovery process. This means that a beneficiary will know what he/she owes and will be able to immediately pay Medicare.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that this new and simple fixed percentage option will be available to certain beneficiaries beginning November 7, 2011. This option is available to beneficiaries who receive certain types of liability insurance (including self-insurance) settlements of $5000 or less.

In order to elect this option to resolve Medicare’s recovery claim, the following criteria must be met:

1.The liability insurance (including self-insurance) settlement is for a physical trauma based injury. (This means that it does not relate to ingestion, exposure, or medical implant), and
2.The total liability settlement, judgment, award, or other payment is $5000 or less, and
3.The beneficiary elects the option within the required time frame and Medicare has not issued a demand letter or other request for reimbursement related to the incident, and
4.The beneficiary has not received and does not expect to receive any other settlements, judgments, awards, or other payments related to the incident.

A full explanation, including instructions on how and when to elect this option, will be available on this website on November 7, 2011 in the Fixed Percentage Option section of both the Attorney and Beneficiary Toolkits.

Please Note:When a beneficiary elects this option, he/she must understand that as part of choosing the option he/she will be giving up the right to appeal the fixed payment amount or request a waiver of recovery for the fixed payment amount.


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