Message From AAJ President, Mary Alice McLarty and AAJ CEO, Linda Lipsen, December 31, 2012
With the help and hard work of the AAJ Public Affairs team, the U.S. House and Senate have passed a bill that will bring certainty to the Medicare Secondary Payment (MSP) reimbursement process! This legislation is a huge victory for your clients on Medicare. It will simplify their lives—and your practices.
The version of the SMART Act that passed mandates a three-year statute of limitations on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) so that the agency cannot ask for additional money from clients or their attorneys after the statute expires.
In addition, the bill will simplify the current online portal process for calculating MSP reimbursement. An improved online process will help you resolve your Medicare Secondary Payer claims faster and easier. While the SMART Act offers great improvements, AAJ knows there is still more work to be done. We will continue working to improve the MSP process.
Much of the time at the end of this Congressional session has been consumed by the “fiscal cliff” negotiations. Lawmakers have resisted passing any legislation that deviated from this discussion. AAJ Public Affairs staff Sarah Rooney, Kate deGravelles, and Sue Steinman provided exceptional counsel to ensure that this legislation passed.
AAJ knows how many of you continuously struggled with CMS to receive timely, final reimbursement numbers. Many of you worked with AAJ Public Affairs to advocate for this legislation, and now, after more than two years, we have an accomplishment that will make a difference for lawyers all across the country.
Thank you for your support as an AAJ member. We could not have done this without you. When you stand with us it makes a tremendous difference in our ability to achieve positive advocacy results.
Best Regards and Happy Holidays,
Mary Alice McLarty Linda Lipsen
American Association for Justice