MSA News - CMS Consolidates Benefits Coordination and Recoveries
On December 23, 2013 CMS announced restructuring of the Coordination of Benefits (COB) and Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) recovery activities.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced last month it is completing the restructuring of the Coordination of Benefits (COB) and Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) recovery functions.
COB activities for both Group Health Plans and Non-Group Health Plans (that is, liability insurance (including self-insurance), no-fault insurance, and workers' compensation laws or plans) and Recovery activities for Non-Group Health Plans will be transitioned from the COB contractor and the Medicare Secondary Payer Recovery Contractor effective February 1, 2014. The new Benefits Coordination & Recovery Center (BCRC) will assume these activities." As previously announced, CMS believes this action will provide:
- Improved customer service for stakeholders
- Consolidated and streamlined data collection and recovery operations
- Value-added efficiencies and enhanced resource utilization