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Medicare Office Address to Change

My friend, attorney Julie Bell at Lewis & Daggett, in Winston-Salem, tipped me off that Medicare is going to change their lien processing system, again.  For a long time, we would deal with a local office.  Then we transitioned to a national office in New York and they would get us in touch with a local office.  I noticed very little improvement in the system.

Looks like Medicare is now going with a new national lead contractor and all requests will go to the same place.  The new lead contractor will also cover every step of the process, including final payment letters.  Note:  You will STILL "open" your files with the New York office.

"Dark Days" ahead
Julie told me that "in preparation [for] the transition, Medicare has scheduled "dark days" from September 18-30, 2006, during which they will not be receiving or sending information.  Therefore, you will not be able to call them nor should you try to send any information to them.  Thereafter, once the new lead contractor's office is operational (anticipated to be October 2, 2006), you may contact the new contractor to determine the updated conditional payment amount and provide settlement information.  They intend to put a first priority to address previously submitted notices of settlement and to make a formal Medicare demand."

Detroit, Rock City
Maybe in the same way that Lee Iacocca rescued Chrysler from decades of inefficiency, Medicare hopes that the city of rock, autos, and murder will improve the efficiency of Medicare third party recovery programs.  Right now Medicare sometimes takes 1-2 years to allow a lawyer to pay a lien, so it won't be too hard to improve that record.

The new Medicare address, as of October 2, 2006, will be:
MSPRC Liability
PO Box 33828
Detroit, MI  48232-3828
Phone 866-677-7220

I have to admit that I'm not holding my breath that this change will improve the program one bit. But you never know.  Maybe they will put that assembly line technology to work.

Chris Nichols 1.800.906.5984


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