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Consumers Face Long Waits When Medicare Is ‘Secondary Payer’

Posted on 01/29/2013 by | Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Michelle Andrews for Kaiser Health News Anyone who sues for personal injury probably knows that the process may take time. But for Medicare beneficiaries, too often it’s not only the legal system that grinds slowly. Lawyers and policy experts say bureaucratic inefficiency at the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) can add months or even years to the process. During that period, a beneficiary often must wait until Medicare is reimbursed for its costs before he or …