The SMART Act Is Introduced in the United States Senate

On October 17, 2011, the Strengthening Medicare and Repaying Taxpayers Act of 2011 (SMART Act) was introduced in the United States Senate by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rob Portman (R-OH). The Senate bill number is S. 1718.

The SMART Act was previously introduced in the United States House of Representatives in March 2011 by representatives Ron Kind (D-WI) and Tim Murphy (R-PA). The House bill number is H.R. 1063.

The SMART Act proposes major amendments to the Medicare Secondary Payer Statute (MSP) in a number of areas, including MMSEA Section 111 reporting and conditional payment recovery.

A detailed overview of the proposals contained in the SMART Act is outlined in NuQuest/Bridge Pointe’s Settlement News (March 2011), a copy of which can be obtained here. http://dev.nqbp.com/sites/default/files/March2011SettlementNews.pdf

To chart the progress of the SMART Act in Congress, the reader may wish to consult the following resources http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h112-1063

or http://marccoalition.com/MSP_Reform.html

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