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AGENCY:

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS.

ACTION:

Interim final rule with comment period.

SUMMARY:

This interim final rule with comment period implements amendments to the Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) provisions under Title III of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA). The MMA amendments clarify the MSP provisions regarding the obligations of primary plans and primary payers, the nature of the insurance arrangements subject to the MSP rules, the circumstances under which Medicare may make conditional payments, and the obligations of primary payers to reimburse Medicare.

DATES:

Effective date: These regulations are effective on April 25, 2006.

Comment date: To be assured consideration, comments must be received at one of the addresses provided below, no later than 5 p.m. on April 25, 2006.

ADDRESSES:

In commenting, please refer to file code CMS-6272-IFC. Because of staff and resource limitations, we cannot accept comments by facsimile (FAX) transmission.

You may submit comments in one of four ways (no duplicates, please):

1. Electronically. You may submit electronic comments on specific issues in this regulation to http://www.cms.hhs.gov/​eRulemaking. Click on the link “Submit electronic comments on CMS regulations with an open comment period.” (Attachments should be in Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, or Excel; however, we prefer Microsoft Word.)

2. By regular mail. You may mail written comments (one original and two copies) to the following address ONLY: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Attention: CMS-6272-IFC, g1P.O. Box 8017, Baltimore, MD 21244-8017.

Please allow sufficient time for mailed comments to be received before the close of the comment period.

3. By express or overnight mail. You may send written comments (one original and two copies) to the following address ONLY: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Attention: CMS-6272-IFC, Mail Stop C4-26-05, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244-1850.

4. By hand or courier. If you prefer, you may deliver (by hand or courier) your written comments (one original and two copies) before the close of the comment period to one of the following addresses. If you intend to deliver your comments to the Baltimore address, please call telephone number (410) 786-7195 in advance to schedule your arrival with one of our staff members.

Room 445-G, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20201; or 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244-1850.

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Comments mailed to the addresses indicated as appropriate for hand or courier delivery may be delayed and received after the comment period.

For information on viewing public comments, see the beginning of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Suzanne Ripley, (410) 786-0970.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Submitting Comments: We welcome comments from the public on all issues set forth in this rule to assist us in fully considering issues and developing policies. You can assist us by referencing the file code CMS-6272-IFC and the specific “issue identifier” that precedes the section on which you choose to comment.

Inspection of Public Comments: All comments received before the close of the comment period are available for viewing by the public, including any personally identifiable or confidential business information that is included in a comment. We post all comments received before the close of the comment period on the following Web site as soon as possible after they have been received: http://www.cms.hhs.gov/​eRulemaking. Click on the link “Electronic Comments on CMS Regulations” on that Web site to view public comments.

Comments received timely will be also available for public inspection as they are received, generally beginning approximately 3 weeks after publication of a document, at the headquarters of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21244, Monday through Friday of each week from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. To schedule an appointment to view public comments, phone 1-800-743-3951.

I. Background

[If you choose to comment on issues in this section, please indicate the caption “Background” at the beginning of your comment.]

Beginning in 1980, the Congress enacted a series of amendments to section 1862(b) of the Social Security Act (the Act) (hereafter referred to as the Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) provisions) to protect the financial integrity of the Medicare program by making Medicare a secondary payer, rather than a primary payer of health care services, when certain types of other health care coverage are available. (Workers' compensation had already been primary to Medicare since the implementation of the original Medicare statute.) In enacting the MSP provisions, the Congress intended that the MSP provisions be construed to make Medicare a secondary payer to the maximum extent possible. These statutory provisions are set forth in regulations at 42 CFR part 411, Exclusions From Medicare and Limitations on Medicare Payment.

II. MMA Amendments to the Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) Provisions

[If you choose to comment on issues in this section, please indicate the caption “MMA Amendments to the Medicare Secondary Payer Provisions” at the beginning of your comment.]

The Congress later became aware that various parties were pressing several interpretations of the MSP provisions that would, if ultimately accepted, severely limit the applicability of the MSP provisions at considerable expense to the Medicare program. Many of these interpretations were presented in the context of Federal court litigation over the meaning of various MSP provisions. The Congress rejected these attempts to incorrectly limit the application and scope of the MSP statute. The Congress passed section 301 under Title III of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA) (Pub. L. 108-173) on December 8, 2003 to clarify its original intent regarding the MSP provisions under section 1862(b) of the Act, thereby indicating that these interpretations were incorrect and that the Secretary's interpretations were accurate. These clarifications are effective as if enacted on the date of the original legislation.

Section 301(a) of the MMA amends section 1862(b)(2)(A)(ii) of the Act to remove the term “promptly.” This amendment establishes that various parties were incorrect in their interpretation that section 1862(b)(2)(A)(ii) of the Act applied only if the workers' compensation law or plan, liability insurance, or no-fault insurance has paid or could reasonably be expected to pay for services “promptly.” This amendment also adds language at section 1862(b)(2)(B) of the Act to clarify that the Secretary may make payment subject to reimbursement if the workers' compensation law or plan, liability insurance, or no-fault insurance has not paid or could not reasonably be expected to pay for services “promptly.”

Section 301(b)(1) of the MMA amends section 1862(b)(2)(A) of the Act to clarify the application of the term “self-insured plan.” It establishes that “an entity that engages in a business, trade, or profession shall be deemed to have a self-insured plan if it carries its own risk (whether by a failure to obtain insurance, or otherwise) in whole or in part.”

Section 301(b)(2)(A) of the MMA amends section 1862(b)(2)(B) of the Act to specify that a primary plan, and an entity that receives payment from a primary plan, shall reimburse the appropriate Trust Fund for any payment that the Secretary makes with respect to an item or service if it is demonstrated that the primary plan has or had a responsibility to make payment with respect to the item or service. It adds language establishing that a primary plan's responsibility for this payment “may be demonstrated by a judgment, a payment conditioned upon the recipient's compromise, waiver, or release (whether or not there is a determination or admission of liability) of payment for items or services included in a claim against the primary plan or the primary plan's insured, or by other means.”

Section 301(b)(3) of the MMA amends section 1862(b)(2) of the Act to further delineate those entities (that is, “primary payers”) from which the United States may seek reimbursement. It amends language specifying that the United States may bring an action against “all entities that are or were required or responsible (directly, as an insurer or self-insurer, as a third-party administrator, as an employer that sponsors or contributes to a group health plan, or large group health plan, or otherwise) to make payment with respect to the same item or service (or any portion thereof) under a primary plan.” This amendment specifies that the United States may recover double damages against these entities. Also, it amends language clarifying that the United States may recover payment from “any entity that has received payment from a primary plan or from the proceeds of a primary plan's payment to any entity.”

Under section 301(d) of the MMA, these provisions are effective as if enacted on the date of the original legislation to reflect the original MSP provisions and Congressional intent at issue. As we discuss in more detail below, this interim final rule with comment period amends 42 CFR part 411 and § 489.20(i)(2)(ii) of our regulations to implement these MSP provisions. Start Printed Page 9468

III. Provisions of This Interim Final Rule With Comment Period

[If you choose to comment on issues in this section, please indicate the caption “Provisions of This Interim Final Rule with Comment Period” at the beginning of your comment.]

As is the case with group health plan and large group health plan insurance, Medicare may not make payment if payment with respect to the same item or service has been made or can reasonably be expected to be made under workers' compensation, no-fault, or liability insurance. However, Medicare may make a payment conditioned on reimbursement when the workers' compensation, no-fault, or liability insurance (including a self-insured plan) plan has not made or cannot reasonably be expected to make payment with respect to such item or service promptly. In accordance with section 301(a) of the MMA, we are removing the word “promptly” from § 411.20(a)(2), § 411.40(b)(1)(i), and § 411.50(c)(1) and (c)(2) to clarify that these Medicare payments are conditional and must be reimbursed whenever a primary payer's responsibility to make payment is demonstrated.

At § 411.21, we are removing the definitions for “third party payer” and “third party payment” and replacing them with definitions for “primary payer” and “primary payment.” We are also providing a definition for “primary plan.” We are making these changes to conform to the statutory language under the MMA. Consistent with these changes, we are making nomenclature changes to replace the terms “third party payer,” “third party payment,” and “third party plan” with “primary payer,” “primary payment,” or “primary plan,” respectively under part 411 throughout subparts B through H. At § 411.33(f)(4), we are replacing the term “third party” with “primary payer.” We are also amending § 489.20(i)(2)(ii) to replace “third party payment” with “primary payment.”

In this interim final rule with comment period, we are also adding language to the definition of “self-insured” plan in § 411.50(b) in accordance with section 301(b)(1) of the MMA. We are clarifying that an entity that engages in a business, trade, or profession is deemed to have a “self-insured” plan for liability insurance if it carries its own risk, in whole or in part. Any such entity's self-insured status may be demonstrated, among other ways, by the failure to obtain insurance.

In accordance with section 301(b)(2)(A) of the MMA, we are adding a new § 411.22 to clarify that a primary payer, and an entity that receives payment from a primary payer, become obligated to reimburse CMS if and when it is demonstrated that the primary payer has or had primary payment responsibility. This responsibility may be demonstrated by a judgment, a payment conditioned upon the recipient's compromise, waiver, or release (whether or not there is a determination or admission of liability) of payment for items and services included in a claim against the primary payer, or by other means, including but not limited to a settlement, award, or contractual obligation. This means that a primary payer may not extinguish its obligations under the MSP provisions by paying the wrong party—for example, by paying the Medicare beneficiary or the provider when it should have reimbursed the Medicare program. Primary payers are expected to reimburse CMS when it is demonstrated that they have or had payment responsibility.

In accordance with section 301(b)(3) of the MMA, the definition of “primary payer” in § 411.21, the new § 411.22, and the revised § 411.24(e) also clarify that the Medicare program may seek reimbursement from a primary payer, or any or all the entities responsible or required to make payment as a primary payer. With respect to debts where a group health plan or large group health plan is the primary plan, the amendments make clear that all employers that sponsor or contribute to the group health plan or large group health plan are primary payers required to reimburse Medicare regardless of whether the group health plan or large group health plan was an insured plan (that is, the employer or other plan sponsor purchased insurance) or was self-insured by the employer or other plan sponsor. Medicare may also seek reimbursement from any entity that has received payment from a primary payer. Entities that receive payment include, but are not limited to beneficiaries, attorneys, and providers or suppliers (including physicians).

Furthermore, in this interim final rule with comment period, we are revising § 411.24(e) by adding language pertaining to Medicare's authority to recover conditional payments. Specifically, in accordance with section 301(b)(3) of the MMA, we specify at § 411.24(e) that CMS has a direct right of action to recover from any primary payer. We are making a technical revision at § 411.24(f)(2) to replace the words “is primary” with “is a primary plan.”

Consistent with section 301(b)(2)(A) of the MMA, this interim rule with comment period clarifies at § 411.24(i)(1) that, like liability insurance and disputed claims under group health plans and no-fault insurance, workers' compensation insurance and plans must also reimburse Medicare, although it paid some other entity, if it knew or should have known that the claimant was a Medicare beneficiary. Where Medicare has already recovered payment from the entity, reimbursement to Medicare by the workers' compensation insurance or plan is not required. However, nothing in this interim final rule with comment period will be construed to require us to first pursue the entity which receives payment before it can pursue the primary payer. Also consistent with section 301(b)(2)(A) of the MMA, we are adding language to § 411.45, § 411.52, and § 411.53 to specify that any conditional payment that Medicare makes is based upon the recovery rules under subpart B of part 411. In addition, at § 411.52, we clarify the basis for which Medicare makes payment in liability cases. We are revising § 411.53 by removing the terms “, or the provider or supplier,” in the existing paragraph (a) to clarify that it is the beneficiary's responsibility to file a claim for no-fault benefits.

III. Response to Comments

Because of the large number of public comments we normally receive on Federal Register documents, we are not able to acknowledge or respond to them individually. We will consider all comments we receive by the date and time specified in the DATES section of this preamble, and, when we proceed with a subsequent document, we will respond to the comments in the preamble to that document.

IV. Waiver of Proposed Rulemaking

We ordinarily publish a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register and invite public comment on the proposed rule. The notice of proposed rulemaking includes a reference to the legal authority under which the rule is proposed, and the terms and substances of the proposed rule or a description of the subjects and issues involved. This procedure can be waived, however, if an agency finds good cause that a notice-and-comment procedure is impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest and incorporates a statement of the finding and its reasons in the rule issued.

We find it unnecessary to undertake notice and comment rulemaking Start Printed Page 9469because this interim final rule with comment period merely conforms part 411 and § 489.20(i)(2)(ii) of the regulations to statutory changes affected by section 301 of the MMA. Therefore, we find good cause to waive the notice of proposed rulemaking and to issue this final rule on an interim basis. We are providing a 60-day public comment period.

V. Collection of Information Requirements

This document does not impose information collection and recordkeeping requirements. Consequently, it need not be reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget under the authority of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

VI. Regulatory Impact Statement

[If you choose to comment on issues in this section, please indicate the caption “Regulatory Impact” at the beginning of your comment.]

We have examined the impacts of this interim final rule with comment period as required by Executive Order 12866 (September 1993, Regulatory Planning and Review), the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) (September 19, 1980, Pub. L. 96-354), section 1102(b) of the Social Security Act, the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-4), and Executive Order 13132.

Executive Order 12866 directs agencies to assess all costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize net benefits (including potential economic, environmental, public health and safety effects, distributive impacts, and equity). A regulatory impact analysis (RIA) must be prepared for major rules with economically significant effects ($100 million or more in any 1 year). We have determined that the effect of this interim final rule with comment period on the economy and the Medicare program is not economically significant, since it merely clarifies certain MSP provisions to reflect original congressional intent and ratifies the manner in which we have implemented/administered the MSP provisions. If the technical and clarifying amendments had not been enacted, “savings” reflected in the table below would have been lost and Medicare expenditures would have increased.

The table reflects the potential impact of a Fifth Circuit Court decision that held that the MSP liability provision did not apply when there was no liability insurance purchased or no formal plan of self-insurance recognized under the Internal Revenue Code. This placed a small portion of future MSP liability savings at risk. It was assumed that over time, some U.S. Circuit Courts could have reached a similar conclusion so that the potential losses of future MSP liability savings would increase slowly over time in addition to the projected growth of Medicare benefits. It was further assumed that some individuals who repaid Medicare before 2003 would sue for refunds and that favorable decisions would be rendered in some, but not all, cases. It was also assumed that the refunds of past MSP liability savings would peak about 2007. Lastly, it was assumed that MSP liability collections represent approximately 70 percent Part A claims payments and 30 percent Part B claims payments (which are based on historic MSP liability savings).

Medicare Savings Retained

[Rounded to the Nearest $10 Million]

Part APart BTotal
2003000
200410010
200510010
200610010
200720020
200810010
200920020
2010201030
2011201030
2012201030
2013201030
2014201030
2015201030

Therefore, this interim final rule with comment period is not a major rule as defined in Title 5, United States Code, section 804(2) and is not an economically significant rule under Executive Order 12866.

The RFA requires agencies to analyze options for regulatory relief of small entities. For purposes of the RFA, small entities include small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and small governmental jurisdictions. Most hospitals and most other providers and suppliers are small entities, either by nonprofit status or by having revenues of $6 million to $29 million in any 1 year. Individuals and States are not included in the definition of a small entity. We have determined and we certify that this interim final rule with comment period will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities because there is and will be no change in the administration of the MSP provisions. Therefore, we are not preparing an analysis for the RFA.

In addition, section 1102(b) of the Act requires us to prepare a regulatory impact analysis if a rule or notice having the effect of a rule may have a significant impact on the operations of a substantial number of small rural hospitals. This analysis must conform to the provisions of section 604 of the RFA. For purposes of section 1102(b) of the Act, we define a small rural hospital as a hospital that is located outside of a Core-Based Statistical Area and has fewer than 100 beds. We have determined that this interim final rule with comment period will not have a significant effect on the operations of a substantial number of small rural hospitals because there is and will be no change in the administration of the MSP provisions. Therefore, we are not preparing an analysis for section 1102(b) of the Act.

Section 202 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 also requires that agencies assess anticipated costs and benefits before issuing any rule or notice having the effect of a rule whose mandates require spending in any 1 year of $100 million in 1995 dollars, updated annually for inflation. That threshold level is currently approximately $120 million. This interim final rule with comment period has no consequential effect on State, local, or tribal governments or on the private sector because there is and will be no change in the administration of the MSP provisions.

Executive Order 13132 establishes certain requirements that an agency must meet when it promulgates a proposed rule (and subsequent final rule) that imposes substantial direct requirement costs on State and local governments, preempts State law, or otherwise has Federalism implications. Since this regulation does not impose any costs on State or local governments, the requirements of E.O. 13132 are not applicable.

In accordance with the provisions of Executive Order 12866, this regulation was reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget.

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For the reasons set forth in the preamble, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services amends 42 CFR chapter IV as set forth below:

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PART 411—EXCLUSIONS FROM MEDICARE AND LIMITATIONS ON MEDICARE PAYMENT

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1. The authority citation for part 411 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: Secs. 1102 and 1871 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1302 and 1395hh).

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2. Section 411.20 is amended by removing the word “promptly” in paragraph (a)(2) introductory text.

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3. Section 411.21 is amended by adding definitions of “primary payer,” “primary payment,” and “primary plan” and removing the definitions of “third party payer” and “third party payment” to read as follows:

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Primary payer means, when used in the context in which Medicare is the secondary payer, any entity that is or was required or responsible to make payment with respect to an item or service (or any portion thereof) under a primary plan. These entities include, but are not limited to, insurers or self-insurers, third party administrators, and all employers that sponsor or contribute to group health plans or large group health plans.

Primary payment means, when used in the context in which Medicare is the secondary payer, payment by a primary payer for services that are also covered under Medicare.

Primary plan means, when used in the context in which Medicare is the secondary payer, a group health plan or large group health plan, a workers' compensation law or plan, an automobile or liability insurance policy or plan (including a self-insured plan), or no-fault insurance.

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4. A new § 411.22 is added to read as follows:

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Reimbursement obligations of primary payers and entities that received payment from primary payers.

(a) A primary payer, and an entity that receives payment from a primary payer, must reimburse CMS for any payment if it is demonstrated that the primary payer has or had a responsibility to make payment.

(b) A primary payer's responsibility for payment may be demonstrated by—

(1) A judgment;

(2) A payment conditioned upon the recipient's compromise, waiver, or release (whether or not there is a determination or admission of liability) of payment for items or services included in a claim against the primary payer or the primary payer's insured; or

(3) By other means, including but not limited to a settlement, award, or contractual obligation.

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5. Section 411.24 is amended by—

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A. Revising paragraph (e).

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B. Removing the words “is primary” and adding in its place the phrase “is a primary plan” in paragraph (f)(2).

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C. Adding ”, workers’ compensation insurance or plan,” after “group health plans” and before “and” in paragraph (i)(1).

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Revisions for paragraph (e) read as follows:

Recovery of conditional payments.
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(e) Recovery from primary payers. CMS has a direct right of action to recover from any primary payer.

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6. Section 411.33(f)(4) introductory text is revised to read as follows:

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(4) A hospital furnished 5 days of inpatient care in 1987 to a Medicare beneficiary. The provider's charges for Medicare-covered services were $4,000 and the gross amount payable was $3,500. The provider agreed to accept $3,000 from the primary payer as payment in full. The primary payer paid $2,900 due to a deductible requirement under the primary plan. Medicare considers the amount the provider is obligated to accept as full payment ($3,000) to be the provider charges. The Medicare secondary payment is the lowest of the following:

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7. Section 411.40 is amended by removing the word “promptly” in paragraph (b)(1)(i).

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8. Section 411.45 is revised to read as follows:

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Basis for conditional Medicare payment in workers' compensation cases.

(a) A conditional Medicare payment may be made under either of the following circumstances:

(1) The beneficiary has filed a proper claim for workers' compensation benefits, but the intermediary or carrier determines that the workers' compensation carrier will not pay promptly. This includes cases in which a workers' compensation carrier has denied a claim.

(2) The beneficiary, because of physical or mental capacity, failed to file a proper claim.

(b) Any conditional payment that CMS makes is conditioned on reimbursement to CMS in accordance with subpart B of this part.

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9. Section 411.50 is amended by—

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A. Revising the definition of “self-insured plan” in paragraph (b).

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B. Removing the word “promptly” in paragraphs (c)(1) and (c)(2).

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The revision reads as follows:

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(b) Definitions.

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Self-insured plan means a plan under which an individual, or a private or governmental entity, carries its own risk instead of taking out insurance with a carrier. This term includes a plan of an individual or other entity engaged in a business, trade, or profession, a plan of a non-profit organization such as a social, fraternal, labor, educational, religious, or professional organization, and the plan established by the Federal government to pay liability claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act. An entity that engages in a business, trade, or profession is deemed to have a self-insured plan for purposes of liability insurance if it carries its own risk (whether by a failure to obtain insurance, or otherwise) in whole or in part.

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10. Section 411.52 is revised to read as follows:

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Basis for conditional Medicare payment in liability cases.

(a) A conditional Medicare payment may be made in liability cases under either of the following circumstances:

(1) The beneficiary has filed a proper claim for liability insurance benefits but the intermediary or carrier determines that the liability insurer will not pay promptly for any reason other than the circumstances described in § 411.32(a)(1). This includes cases in which the liability insurance carrier has denied the claim.

(2) The beneficiary has not filed a claim for liability insurance benefits.

(b) Any conditional payment that CMS makes is conditioned on reimbursement to CMS in accordance with subpart B of this part.

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11. Section 411.53 is revised to read as follows:

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Basis for conditional Medicare payment in no-fault cases.

(a) A conditional Medicare payment may be made in no-fault cases under either of the following circumstances:

(1) The beneficiary has filed a proper claim for no-fault insurance benefits but the intermediary or carrier determines that the no-fault insurer will not pay promptly for any reason other than the circumstances described in § 411.32(a)(1). This includes cases in which the no-fault insurance carrier has denied the claim.

(2) The beneficiary, because of physical or mental incapacity, failed to meet a claim-filing requirement stipulated in the policy.

(b) Any conditional payment that CMS makes is conditioned on reimbursement to CMS in accordance with subpart B of this part.

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PART 411—[NOMENCLATURE CHANGE]

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12. In part 411, revise all references to “third party payer” to read “primary payer'; revise all references to “third party payment” to read “primary payment'; and revise all references to “third party plan” to read “primary plan”.

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PART 489—PROVIDER AGREEMENTS AND SUPPLIER APPROVAL

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1. The authority citation for part 489 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: Secs. 1102 and 1871 of the Social Security Act.

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2. Section § 489.20(i)(2)(ii) introductory text is amended by removing the words “third party payment” and adding in its place the words “primary payment”.

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(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Program No. 93.773, Medicare—Hospital Insurance; and Program No. 93.774, Medicare—Supplementary Medical Insurance Program)

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Dated: February 8, 2006.

Mark B. McClellan,

Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Approved: November 14, 2005.

Michael O. Leavitt,

Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.

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[FR Doc. 06-1712 Filed 2-23-06; 8:45 am]

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