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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Coordination of Benefits and Non-Group Health Plan Recovery Transition

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is completing its restructuring of the Coordination of Benefits (COB) and Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) recovery activities.

COB activities for both Group Health Plans and Non-Group Health Plans (that is, liability insurance (including self-insurance), no-fault insurance, and workers' compensation laws or plans) and Recovery activities for Non-Group Health Plans will be transitioned from the COB contractor and the Medicare Secondary Payer Recovery Contractor effective February 1, 2014.  The new Benefits Coordination & Recovery Center (BCRC) will assume these activities.  As previously announced, this action will provide:
  • Improved customer service for stakeholders
  • Consolidated and streamlined data collection and recovery operations
  • Value-added efficiencies and enhanced resource utilization