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