WCMSA

Seven Steps to closed: Maximizing Claims Settlement Projects

There is a thin—and potentially costly—line between settling a claim and keeping it open. If that critical window is missed, claims can quickly nose-dive down a dark and expensive road. Implementin...

A Holiday Present from CMS

Foreshadowing a major change to Medicare Set-Asides (MSAs), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on Wednesday, December 21, that it would unveil new policies in 2017 regardi...

Medication Trends to Watch

It’s no surprise that prescription medications are often the biggest cost driver in a Medicare Set-Aside (MSA). Physicians routinely prescribe costly medications to treat claimants’ injuries and...

Preparing for Mediation: Medicare Checklist for WC Claims

It is no secret that Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) compliance continues to complicate workers' compensation (WC) claims practice. Unfortunately, far too often Medicare issues (especially the...

When Can I Use My WCMSA? Misunderstanding As to “When” the WCMSA Becomes Effective Ends Up Vacating Settlement

In McCarroll v. Livingston Parish Council , 2014 WL 5439624, -- So.3d – (La. App. 1 st Cir., October 27, 2014), the parties believed that the claimant could use his approved WCMSA fund to cover a...

Court Rules That Employer Does Not Have to Fund Higher WCMSA Amount

In Hunter v. Rapides Parish School Board , No. 14-490, 2014 WL 5669206 (La. App. 3 rd  , Nov. 5, 2014), the Louisiana appeals court held that the employer was not required to fund a counter-higher...