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CMS Hosts MSPRP Electronic Payment Enhancement Webinar

The March 13, 2019 webinar offered by CMS provided a description of the new direct payment features available through the Medicare Secondary Payer Recovery Portal (MSPRP) as of April 1, 2019.  CMS will be releasing presentation slides within five (5) to seven (7) days and will also be releasing the audio recording thereafter.  Some of […]

CMS Announces Webinars for MSPRP and CRCP Electronic Payment Options

CMS will be hosting two webinars to review the addition of a new electronic payment option that will be added to the Medicare Secondary Recovery Portal (MSPRP) and the Commercial Repayment Portal (CRCP) effective April 1, 2019.  The webinars will include opening remarks followed by a presentation on the new electronic payment functionality. The MSPRP […]

Conditional Payments in Review: 2018

In February of 2018, we saw a new contractor operating Medicare’s Commercial Repayment Center (CRC), Performant Financial Corporation.  As expected, there were growing pains or learning curves experienced with the new operator, such as: inappropriate referrals to U.S. Treasury for collection, letters of authorization inappropriately denied, statement of reimbursement forms not matching decision letters and […]

Confusion, Conjecture and Clarification: The New WCMSA Reference Guide

With the issuance of updated Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside Reference Guide version 2.9 (Guide), there has some speculation and even confusion as to what is really new and what is an elaboration of old policies and procedures.  Examples listed for off-label drug usage to new bullets added regarding the submission process, all of which begs […]

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CMS Issues a Revised WCMSA Reference Guide and Section 111 User Guide

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a revised WCMSA Reference Guide (Reference Guide), Version 2.9, which can be found here: WCMSA Reference Guide.  In addition to changes to development and alert templates; references to removal of certain memorandum from cms.gov; and reference to the updated CDC Life Table, the Reference Guide also includes updates […]

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CMS and Medicaid to Convert to CDC 2015 Life Table

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced that it will convert to the CDC’s “Table 1: Life Table for the total population: United States, 2015“ for Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside life expectancy calculations.  The change to the updated life table will become effective as of January 5, 2019.  There is a slight increase […]

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Office of Management and Budget Issues Proposed Rulemaking Regarding MSP Compliance Options

Under the title “ Miscellaneous Medicare Secondary Payer Clarifications and Updates,” the Office of Management and Budget issued proposed rulemaking to address Medicare Secondary Payer obligations in the context of automobile and liability insurance, no-fault insurance and workers’ compensation recovery.  The abstract of the proposed rule states as follows: “This proposed rule would ensure that […]

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Medicare Open Enrollment and its Potential Impact on Conditional Lien Recovery

The Medicare Open Enrollment Period or Annual Election Period runs each year from October 15 to December 7. During this period, Medicare enrollees can make changes to their current Medicare plan to best suit their needs for the upcoming year.  Medicare beneficiaries can: elect to enroll in a new Medicare Advantage Plan (MAP); switch to […]

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THE WHITTLING AWAY OF CMS OFF-LABEL USAGE ARGUMENTS IN THE WCMSA

With the transition to the new Workers’ Compensation Review Contractor (WCRC), the industry is seeing many changes in the Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside (WCMSA) review process. One of the biggest changes has been the shift from excluding Lyrica from the WCMSA when it is being prescribed for an off-label use to the inclusion of this […]

Medicare’s Failure to Send Initial Determination to Carrier/Self-Insured – Collection by U.S. Treasury and Their Agencies

NuQuest has recently observed an increase in calls and letters from collection agencies that are seeking reimbursement for alleged outstanding conditional payments made by Medicare. In discussing the increase with one of the collection agencies, NuQuest was advised that companies using a vendor to report their Section 111 information may not have been properly sent […]