RIMS Submits Recommendations for Imposing Smart Act Tax Penalties

CMS, Medicare Set-Aside Blog, News and Events on February 19, 2014
Posted by Jennifer Jordan, JD, MSCC

RIMS Letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Reinforces its Commitment to Streamlining the Insurance Process


NEW YORK (February 18, 2014)RIMS, the risk management society ™, delivered an official letter to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) highlighting recommendations to fairly impose tax penalties on organizations that fail to comply with the SMART Act.

The letter, submitted by RIMS President Carolyn Snow, offers the following recommendations, among others, that should be considered by the governing agency:

  • “Noncompliance” should be clearly defined in a way that is consistent with Medicare Secondary Payer statutes and regulations;
  • A clearly defined metric for determining the extent of the monetary penalty should be developed;
  • A sliding scale of monetary penalties should be implemented;
  • CMS should establish a safe harbor for entities that make good faith effort to obtain pertinent information from beneficiaries or claimants; and
  • CMS should give a reasonable timeframe allowing violators to assert a defense.

“As many RIMS members regularly handle cases involving conditional Medicare payments, the authorization of the SMART Act was a great victory for risk practitioners that will undeniably streamline the settlement process,” said RIMS President Carolyn Snow. “RIMS intends to be a vocal player during the SMART Act’s implementation, ensuring that it serves the best interests of all parties involved.”


To read the full letter, click here.