EXCESS CLAIMS REPORTING
If all statutory requirements are satisfied, Mcare provides coverage in excess of the applicable primary coverage. If it is anticipated that a judgment, award, or settlement in a particular case will exceed the available primary coverage for a health care provider, the primary insurer must promptly notify Mcare in writing of the medical professional liability claim. This notification must be made through submission of a Form C-416 to Mcare.
SECTION 715 CLAIMS REPORTING
Section 715 of Act 13 provides an exception to Mcare’s statutory role of providing excess coverage in instances where the claim criticizes treatment prior to January 1, 2006. Under Section 715, Mcare provides first dollar indemnity up to $1,000,000 and the cost of defense for a claim if certain requirements are met. Specifically, the claim must be filed more than four years after the date the breach of contract or tort occurred, must be filed within the applicable statute of limitations, and the primary insurer must submit a Form C-416 requesting Section 715 status for the claim within 180 days of the date on which notice of the claim was first given to the health care provider or its insurer. In the event of multiple treatments occurring less than four years before the date on which the health care provider or its insurer received notice of the claim, Section 715 coverage will not apply.
Pursuant to Act 13, Section 715 coverage ends as of January 1, 2006. Specifically, primary insurers are required to provide first dollar indemnity and cost of defense for all claims occurring four or more years after the breach of contract or tort and after December 31, 2005.
FORM C-416 Claim Reporting
New C-416 Claim Reporting Guidelines have been developed to assist primary insurers through the email submission process, as well as the fax and US Mail process.
Submit the completed C-416 to: email@example.com
AGGREGATE EROSION REPORTING
It is important that the primary insurers notify Mcare when payments have been made under the primary insurance coverage reach a point where additional monitoring of the aggregate limits should take place. Mcare has updated this reporting process.
FORM AEF-1 Erosion of Primary Aggregate Limits Reporting
New Aggregate Erosion Guidelines have been developed to assist primary insurers through the process of completing and submitting Form AEF - 1.
Submit the completed AEF - 1 to: firstname.lastname@example.org
MEDICARE SECONDARY PAYER REPORTING
Under federal law, Medicare may be entitled to repayment of payments it makes for certain medical treatments, if the need for the medical treatment is later determined to be caused by another person and/or entity. Medicare is the "secondary payer" since the person and/or entity causing the need for the medical bills should be first in line to make the payments with Medicare being second in line. The federal law requires primary insurers and Mcare to report specific claim related details and information on the payments they make on medical malpractice claims to Medicare. For an overview of the Mandatory Insurer Reporting process, including registration and reporting requirements, please click Mandatory Insurer Reporting for Non-Group Health Plan (NGHP).
Form for MSP Primary Carrier Reporting
To assist Mcare in its reporting obligations, primary insurers are asked to notify Mcare at the same time they report a medical malpractice payment to CMS based on the federal law using the form below.
Questions should be directed to Mcare at 717-783-3770 x274 or x257.
Submit the completed MSP Primary Carrier Reporting Form to: email@example.com
QUALIFIED ANNUITY COMPANIES
Section 509 of the Mcare Act provides for the funding of an award of periodic payments by an annuity contract issued by annuity companies receiving the highest rating for claims paying ability by two independent financial services within the last 12 months. Click here to view the current list.
CLAIMS CONTACT INFORMATION
Telephone: (717) 783-3770
Fax: (717) 787-0651