Sidney Wong

Sidney Wong

Sidney Wong is the assistance vice president of policy at ISO Claims Partners, where he provides the highest level of client services—with a focus on meeting the needs of clients through ISO’s products and services. He is also responsible for assisting clients with effectively navigating Medicare compliance issues.


    Posts by Sidney Wong

    3 Easy Ways to Reduce MSA Prescription Costs

    With prescription prices increasing every day, it’s harder than ever to contain costs. That’s why we put together three easy ways to reduce Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside (WCMSA) costs.[1] 1. Split the difference on dosages Splitting higher dosages into multiple lower dosages can really cut costs. Take gabapentin, the generic form of Neurontin. Often prescribed […]

    Break the Logjam of Zero MSAs in Development

    Zero WCMSA submissions are getting mired in a cycle of CMS development letters and responses, as the CMS Workers’ Compensation Review Contractor (WCRC) becomes increasingly meticulous about formatting requirements for submitted pay histories. Many of the current WCRC reviewer requests are not even listed requirements in either the WCMSA reference guide or the CMS operating […]

    CMS Will Use the New 2012 CDC Life Table for WCMSAs

    On March 8, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that beginning April 1, 2017, it will use the new 2012 CDC Life Table to calculate life expectancies in Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Asides (WCMSAs). The table correlates a person’s age with anticipated life expectancy, so CMS uses it to determine the appropriate […]

    Clues to CMS future gleaned from WCRC solicitation notice

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) moved forward with requests for proposal regarding the Workers’ Compensation Review Contractor (WCRC) contract by releasing a full solicitation notice before the holidays. Because the request is for a five-year contract, the solicitation information can provide clues to CMS’s long-term strategy regarding Medicare Set-Asides (MSAs). Insights into […]

    Removing Roadblocks to Settlements: Medicare Part C Claims in the Way of Your Settlement

    The last half-dozen years have seen Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) compliance evolve, with the most recent example being its change in focus from mandatory insurer reporting to rolling recovery. But one of the most impactful changes involves Medicare Advantage Organizations (MAOs). Ten years ago, most practitioners didn’t even worry about them, but now insurers in […]

    Zero Allocations: CMS backs down from drastic changes

    As we outlined in a blog post last week, there’s been a lot of buzz surrounding the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) approval of zero allocations. From the moment CMS proposed changes to the process, we outlined why we strongly believe that the workers’ compensation industry should not stand idly by while wholesale […]