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Workers' Compensation Medicare Set-Aside (WCMSA)

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April 29, 2021

CMS releases new WCMSA Reference Guide (Version 3.3)

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has just released their latest version of the WCMSA Reference Guide (Version 3.3, April 19, 2021).

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March 12, 2021

The COMP Act is reintroduced in the U.S. Senate

On 3/10/21, Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced the Coordination of Medicare Payments and Workers’ Compensation Act (COMP Act) (S. 653) into…

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March 5, 2021

Starting March 27, 2021, CMS will use the 2018 CDC Life Table for WCMSAs

Starting 3/27/21, CMS has announced that it will use the new 2018 CDC Life Table to calculate adjusted life expectancies in Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Asides…

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October 6, 2020

CMS releases new WCMSA Reference Guide (Version 3.2)

On 10/5/20, CMS released its latest version of the WCMSA Reference Guide, Version 3.2. This guides replaces version 3.1, released on 5/11/20.

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August 20, 2020

What’s up in D.C.? Medicare Secondary Payer reform efforts – status update

With the current Congressional session ending on 1/3/21, attention is on two pending Medicare Secondary Payer reform efforts: The PAID Act & the COMP Act.

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July 8, 2020

Seven steps to closed: Maximizing claims settlement projects

There's a thin and potentially costly line between settling a claim and keeping it open. Using a claims settlement project can help close claims faster.

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May 15, 2020

CMS releases new WCMSA reference guide (Version 3.1)

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has just released its latest version of the WCMSA reference guide version 3.1 (May 11, 2020).

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March 30, 2020

Settling claims in unsettling times

In a time of social distancing and uncertainty, many are left wondering how our current working and social paradigm will impact workers’ compensation claims handling –…

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March 30, 2020

Social Security Administration suspends processing of third-party requests to determine SSDI status

As of 3/17/20, all the Social Security Administration field offices have been closed to the public in response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic according to its website.…

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March 23, 2020

Starting April 25, 2020, CMS will use the 2017 CDC life table for WCMSAs

In an alert dated 3/17/20, CMS announced beginning 4/25/20, it will use the new 2017 CDC life table to calculate adjusted life expectancies in Workers’ Compensation…

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November 8, 2019

CMS holds webinar on WCMSA Electronic Attestations for Professional Administration

On 11/6/19, CMS held a webinar on Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside (WCMSA) Electronic Attestation Enhancement for Professional Administrators.

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November 1, 2019

CMS holds webinar on WCMSA Electronic Attestations for Self-Administered Accounts

On 10/30/19, CMS held a webinar to discuss recent enhancements to the Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside Portal (WCMSAP).

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October 31, 2019

CMS releases new WCMSA Reference Guide (Version 3.0)

CMS has released a revised Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside (WCMSA) Reference Guide (Version 3.0, October 10, 2019).

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October 18, 2019

CMS releases WCMSA Self-Administration Toolkit 1.3

CMS has released the latest edition of its Self-Administration Toolkit for Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside Arrangements (Version 1.3; October 10, 2019).

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October 11, 2019

Ninth Circuit: CIGA is not a “primary payer” under the MSP and does not have to reimburse Medicare

In a significant new case out of California, the United States Circuit Court of Appeals (Ninth Circuit)[1] in California Insurance Guarantee Association (CIGA) v. Azar,…