In an abstract entitled “Civil Money Penalties and Medicare Secondary Payer Reporting Requirements,” the Office of Management and Budget has issued another intent of Notice of Proposed Rulemaking this time involving Section 111 Reporting penalties. Specifically, the abstract of the Notice provides as follows:
Section 516 of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 amended the Social Security Act (the Act) by repealing certain duplicative Medicare Secondary Payer reporting requirements. This rule would propose to remove obsolete Civil Money Penalty (CMP) regulations associated with this repeal. The rule would also propose to replace those obsolete regulations by soliciting public comment on proposed criteria and practices for which CMPs would and would not be imposed under the Act, as amended by Section 203 of the Strengthening Medicare and Repaying Taxpayers Act of 2012 (SMART Act).
Pursuant to the SMART Act, civil penalties for non-compliance with Section 111 are up to $1,000 per day, per claimant. However, no official guidance regarding how these penalties will be determined and enforced has been issued by CMS. Similar to the Notice issued by the OMB we reported on last week involving Liability Medicare Set-Asides, action to be taken on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is set to take place in September 2019. NuQuest will continue to keep you abreast of any additional developments as they become available. For further questions regarding this Notice or for any of your Medicare compliance needs, please contact the NuQuest Legal Team.