Your PI Cases – The Government Has Its Hand Out

We all know that Medicare and Tenncare has a subrogation right in PI and wrongful death cases, but new information being sought by Medicare has lead some lawyers to believe that Medicare will now be looking at case proceeds for payment of future medical bills.

 The Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007, §111, which requires liability (including self-insured), no-fault and workers’ comp insurers to report certain information about injured parties who are entitled to Medicare.  New rules have been proposed on the subject and will go into effect on July 1, 2009. 
The data required by the new rules will give the government a significant amount of information about PI and WD claimants and the concern is that the data will be used to insist that case proceeds be used to pay future bills.

I will follow the developments in this area and keep you advised.