On Thursday, January 18, 2018, at 1:00 PM ET, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a webinar for the purpose of introducing the new Commercial Repayment Center (CRC) contractor to Non-Group Health Plans.
The CRC is responsible for recovery of Medicare conditional payments from liability insurers (including self-insured entities), no-fault insurers and workers compensation entities where such entities are the identified debtor by Medicare. It was announced last October that the new CRC contract had been awarded to Performant Financial Corporation (See Tower MSA article: New Commercial Repayment Center Contractor on the Horizon). The transition to the new contractor is to occur on February 8, 2018.
According to the January 5, 2018 CMS Notice, the webinar will consist of opening remarks and a presentation by CMS followed by a Q & A session. We encourage anyone who has regular contact with the CRC to register and attend the presentation (A link to register is located in the CMS Notice). If you are unable to attend, Tower MSA will provide a summary of relevant information on our MSP Compliance Blog following the presentation.
As CMS contractor changes are often fraught with a subsequent period of longer turnaround times and inconsistent communication with contractor representatives, we hope this transition proves an exception to past experiences. This introductory webinar appears to be a useful first step.
If you have any questions regarding the CRC contractor transition, please contact Dan Anders at firstname.lastname@example.org or (888) 331-4941.