Friday, August 17, 2012

BCBSNC: Employer Groups Receiving Letters from CMS

This year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has begun mailing information to many Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) employer group customers about a data matching project led by the Social Security Administration, CMS and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Letters titled “Requirement to Submit the Group Health Plan Report for the IRS/SSA/CMS Data Match” instruct employer groups to complete a data match questionnaire.

As the letters indicate, it’s important for employers to complete this questionnaire, in order to comply with the law and prevent paying civil monetary penalties associated with non-compliance. BCBSNC is unable to complete this questionnaire on the group's behalf.

Since 2009, BCBSNC has worked to ensure their compliance with Section 111 of the Medicare Modernization and SCHIP Extension Act. This work includes obtaining employer tax ID and group size information, and obtaining the Social Security Numbers (SSNs) for members age 45 plus and those with Medicare coverage. As required by law, they also share this information with CMS.

BCBSNC will continue to do the work associated with Section 111 compliance, but they are unable to complete the data match questionnaire on employer groups’ behalf. CMS has issued employer-specific personal identification numbers (PINs) for these questionnaires, and employer groups must use these PINs to complete the questionnaires.

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