Medicare Secondary Payer Act

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This program was recorded on November 5, 2019

The Medicare Secondary Payer act (MSP) was enacted on December 5, 1980. Despite being federal law for over thirty-five years, many attorneys still struggle with ensuring their settlements fully comply with the statute’s three basic requirements: ensure Medicare remains secondary to settlement proceeds, reimbursement of Medicare’s conditional payment amount, and report the settlement via the Section 111 reporting requirement.

Since 2009, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has methodically stepped up its enforcement of the MSP statute in all liability settlements. The most recent changes to CMS enforcement came in Fall 2017 when CMS took steps to ensure Medicare does not make any accident-related medical payments post-settlement. Further enforcement measures are anticipated in September and October 2019.



  • Christine Hummel
    Christine is the President and founder of Hummel Consultation Services, a legal consultation practice specializing in the application of the Medicare Secondary Payer Act. An active attorney with licensure in the state of Colorado, she earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Denver in May 2000. In 2002 Christine opened her own firm, which recently celebrated its seventeenth continuous year of operation. With twenty years of experience, Christine is a published author and popular speaker on a wide array of topics related to Medicare compliance. Christine has significant experience working with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in regarding applicability of the Medicare Secondary Payer Act to liability settlements. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Colorado Bar Association, and includes with her legal experience work in Medicaid, probate, and elder law. Christine volunteers her free time by giving presentations on the roles of women throughout multiple time periods in history.

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      • 2 General Credits
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