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MARC Coalition Applauds Agency's Alert Regarding Delay in Data Exchange Deadline
Date:2/17/2010

WASHINGTON, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Medicare Advocacy Recovery Coalition (MARC) today applauds the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services CMS, for their decision to defer the reporting deadline for Section 111 MMSEA Mandatory Insurer Reporting.

"The industry has been working diligently to build in infrastructure to supply data to CMS, investing millions of dollars to ensure compliance with the data share regulation." said Roy Franco, co-chairperson of MARC and director of risk management services for Safeway Inc.  "Unfortunately, there have been unforeseen difficulties and unanswered questions regarding the reporting process, and everyone's ability to get the job done by April 1."  

The Alert posted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services allows testing to continue thru December 31, 2010, and only begins live reporting on January 1, 2011. "This expansion of an additional nine months will allow time for both the Agency and the industry to navigate system roadblocks and clarify open policy issues," states Katie Fox, co-chairperson of MARC and MSP Compliance & Resolution Manager for MedInsights, Inc. "MARC is committed to working with the Agency to ensure the reporting process is effective and to minimize the delay of benefit to the Medicare beneficiaries."

"The claims community will continue to exchange data with Medicare in a collaborative effort to improve the data reporting systems." says Marcia Nigro, Assistant Vice President and Complex Claim Consultant for Sedgwick CMS. "The certification and testing for the claim detail data exchange will continue thru 2010, which will benefit everyone involved."  The MARC Coalition had written to CMS in Janua
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