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Monday, January 14, 2013

Medicare Conditional Repayment Procedures: Former Judge to Speak About New Law

Judge Richard E. Hickey III (Ret.)
Judge Richard E. Hickey III has been invited to speak to NJ lawyers and judges at a New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Seminar on Jan. 29, 2012 to discuss new Medicare laws and protocols for reimbursement from workers' compensation claims.

Judge Hickey, is a former Compensation Administrative Supervisory Judge, and former prosecutor of Gloucester County, is well versed on responsibilities of Medicare conditional repayments under the Medicare Secondary Payer Act. He is Of-Counsel with the law firm of Capehart Scatchard.

Recently, President Obama signed into law new legislation that changes the way Medicare will collect money from individuals whose negligence or responsibility caused a Medicare patient to incur medical bills. The new process, it has been suggested, will streamline an outdated process and supposedly make it easier to resolve cases and return money into the Medicare program.

Medicare continues to seek reimbursement through the Medicare Secondary Payer Act of conditional secondary payments to potential workers' compensation beneficiaries. The aging workforce continues to increase as a result of both the economic downturn, as well a a dramatically increased retirement age. Furthermore, the increase in the denial rate of occupational conditions, some caused by latent disease, has increased to the number of beneficiaries on the Medicare system.

In additional to commenting on the new Strengthening Medicare And Repaying Taxpayers (SMART) Act, Judge Hickey will be discussing how the interaction of the workers' compensation claims process integrates with this process, and recently announced administrative directives concerning the implementation of new procedures in the adjudication process.

Click Here to Register Now: for the January 29, 2013 Seminar