A little over a month ago we put up a boring post about changes that had been made to the Medicare Secondary Payer statute that we were sure would eventually cause our clients fits. At the time, these rather onerous reporting requirements were schedulet to go into effect on July 1, 2009 – but as we pointed out, the government didn’t have its act together, and there weren’t any regulations telling the would-be reporters exactly what they were supposed to do.

Well, the inevitable happened, and the commencement of the reporting requirement has been postponed, but only for awhile.

According to the government’s notice, “self-insurance” (that is, tort defendant) companies don’t have to start reporting until April 1, 2010, and that’s on a rolling basis. The new schedule envisions full reporting being underway by July 1, 2010.

So our clients have more time. May they use it wisely.