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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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April 14, 2021

CMS releases updated Section 111 Model Language document

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released an updated Section 111 Model Language document dated March 10, 2021 (PDF version).

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April 14, 2021

CMS’s Section 111 penalty proposals – current status and FAQs

There remains much anticipation regarding the current state of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS’s) Section 111 civil money penalties proposals.

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April 8, 2021

CMS releases new NGHP Section 111 User Guide (Version 6.3)

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released an updated Section 111 NGHP User Guide (Version 6.3, April 5, 2021).

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April 5, 2021

CMS holds BCRC and CRC NGHP Town Hall session

The Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services held what it billed as a Benefits Coordination & Recovery and Commercial Repayment Center non-group health plan Town Hall.

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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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March 1, 2021

CMS to host BCRC and CRC NGHP town hall on April 1st

CMS has announced it will be holding a Benefits Coordination & Recovery Center and Commercial Repayment Center Non-Group Health Plan town hall on April 1, 2021, at 1:00…

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January 22, 2021

CMS releases new NGHP Section 111 User Guide (Version 6.2, January 11, 2021)

CMS has released an updated Section 111 NGHP User Guide (Version 6.2, January 11, 2021) regarding non-group health plans (liability, no-fault, and workers’ compensation).

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January 11, 2021

The PAID Act is now law

On December 11th, President Trump signed into law the Provide Accurate Information Directly (PAID) Act as part of H.R 8900.

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December 16, 2020

LMSA update: CMS’s “future medicals” proposals now scheduled for release in March 2021 | New LMSA case decision highlights continuing claims challenges

LMSA update: OIRA has issued an updated noticing indicating CMS’s “future medical” proposals are delayed again and projected for release in March 2021.

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December 14, 2020

The PAID Act is now law

It requires CMS to expand its Section 111 Query Process to identify whether a claimant is currently entitled to.

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December 11, 2020

CMS holds NGHP beneficiary recovery process webinar

On 12/9, CMS held a non-group health plan beneficiary recovery process webinar aimed at attorneys who represent beneficiaries and other beneficiary representatives.

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December 9, 2020

PAID Act passes House, moves to the Senate

The House of Representatives passed the PAID Act as a stand-alone bill and as part of the BENES Act of 2019. Both bills now move to the Senate for further consideration.

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November 30, 2020

CMS retains $750 low dollar threshold for 2021

CMS has announced it is retaining its current $750 low dollar threshold for 2021.

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