Client Alerts

Georgia Supreme Court Says Hospital Liens Do Not Increase UIM Exposure
December 2, 2010
On November 30, 2010, the Supreme Court of Georgia issued its decisions in State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v. Adams and American Int’l South Ins. Co. v. Floyd, two cases in which the Court of Appeals had held that the payment of a hospital/medical provider lien reduced the liability coverage available to the insured such that a UIM carrier could not take a set off credit for the liability carrier’s payment to the extent of the lien amount. In Adams, the liability carrier paid Grady Hospital to satisfy the hospital’s lien and paid the remainder of its policy limits to the injured party. State Farm claimed a set off in the full amount of the liability policy limit against its UIM exposure. In Floyd, the liability carrier paid its full limit to the claimant and a hospital lien remained unsatisfied. Although Floyd’s UIM limits were equal to the liability limits, Floyd contended the existence of the hospital lien reduced the available liability coverage and the UIM carrier should be required to pay. Read More
Medicare Reporting Delayed Until January 1, 2012, for Some
November 23, 2010

On Nov. 9, 2010, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a revised timeline concerning the reporting of settlements, judgments, awards and other payments for some entities. The one-year delay in reporting primarily pertains to liability insurers and self-insurers, with some exceptions. The delay does not affect the reporting requirements for workers’ compensation insurers and no-fault insurers. CMS also indicated that the interim dollar reporting thresholds set forth in the User Guide published by CMS have been extended by one calendar year. For your convenience, a copy of the alert is attached. You may also visit the CMS website for additional information.

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Swift Currie Participates in 2010 Gate City Bar Association Justice Benham Law Camp
July 1, 2010

As part of its commitment to diversity, Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers, LLP, partnered with the Gate City Bar Association and hosted one of its high school interns participating in the 2010 Justice Robert Benham Law Camp. The Law Camp is a three-week program designed to expose minority high school students in the Atlanta area to the field of law. Our Law Camp intern this year was Jasmine Judge. Jasmine is a 15-year old student at Grayson High School in Gwinnett County.

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