The 23rd annual National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference was held on November 19-21, 2014. The biggest event of its kind, this year’s conference enjoyed a record breaking attendance for the fifth year in a row.
On Thursday, November 20, at 8:30 am, a breakout session was held that really piqued our interest here at Flagship Services Group: Workers’ Compensation and its Secondary Payers: Medicare and Medicaid. The presentation was led by Vernon Sumwalt and Tim Nay, both attorneys with years of experience in workers’ compensation (in Sumwalt’s case) and Medicare Second Payer Compliance (in Nay’s case.) The discussion was moderated by Jennifer C. Jordan of MEDVAL, LLC., a nationally recognized expert in Medicare compliance.
The key takeaway from the discussion had to do with the new laws that have been enacted by Congress, and are set to go into effect in October of 2016, which will essentially make Medicaid very similar to Medicare in both the reporting and recovery aspects of its role as secondary payer.
While the discussion centered primarily around how this affects workers’ compensation claims, the same principles apply equally well to the personal injury side of the picture that we specialize in.