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Draft RFP for WCRC Released…Again.

CMS, Medicare Set-Aside Blog, Medicare Set-Asides, MSP News on November 30, 2016 | Posted by Jean S. Goldstein, JD

CMS recently released a draft RFP for a new Workers’ Compensation Review Contractor (WCRC) to review WCMSAs once again.  The draft RFP can be found here (Solicitation No: RFP-CMS-2016-8A-0008). Comments on the proposed RFP must be submitted by December 7, 2016, with the official solicitation for a new WCRC to be released in December.  The […] Continue

Stealth Guided and Robotic Assisted Surgeries – Coming to an MSA Near You?

CMS, Medicare Set-Asides on November 29, 2016 | Posted by Erin O'Neill, PA-C, JD

Over the past several years, there have been significant advances in surgical techniques across all fields of medicine. Two of these advances, robotic assisted surgery and stealth guided surgery have gained popularity as the technology becomes available at increasing numbers of hospitals across the country. Robotic assisted surgery had its beginnings in 1985; however, in […] Continue

Teleconference Call Recap: CMS and CRC Address Delays and Enhancements  

CMS, Conditional Payments, CRC, Medicare Set-Aside Blog, MSP News on November 21, 2016 | Posted by Jean S. Goldstein, JD

On Thursday, November 17, the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) held a teleconference, with both CMS representatives and Commercial Repayment Center (CRC) representatives available to provide long awaited explanations.  The call served as a general update for cases processed through the CRC, as a means to issue reminders to stakeholders, and to allow […] Continue

Is an MSA Technically a Trust?

Medicare Set-Aside Blog, Medicare Set-Asides, MSA Administration, MSP News on November 17, 2016 | Posted by Jennifer Jordan, JD, MSCC

In the early days of Medicare set-asides, we used to see the word “trust” thrown around quite freely. But from a legal perspective, the word trust carries very specific legal connotations that people didn’t want attached to MSAs, so little by little we saw the use of the word disappear. If professionally administered, you will […] Continue

Kids Chance Awareness Week (Nov 14-18, 2016)

Medicare Set-Aside Blog, News and Events on November 14, 2016 | Posted by Jean S. Goldstein, JD

This week is Kids’ Chance Awareness Week.  Kids’ Chance is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide scholarships to children of workers who have been catastrophically or fatally injured on the job.  Collectively, Kids’ Chance organizations have awarded 5,593 scholarships across the country, totaling over $16,592,000 dollars.  Kids’ Chance of America believes, as a […] Continue

Visit MEDVAL at the National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference (NWCDC)

Medicare Set-Aside Blog, MEDVAL News, News and Events, Work Comp on November 10, 2016 | Posted by Jean S. Goldstein, JD

The NWCDC is just 20 days away! The event kicks off on November 30, and will be held at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.  For a full agenda of the event, visit the conference website here. On Thursday, December 1, Jennifer Jordan, our Chief Legal Officer, will be speaking about ways to […] Continue

Ketamine Use in Workers’ Compensation: Yay or Nay?

Medicare Set-Aside Blog, Rx/Pharmacy on November 3, 2016 | Posted by Abidemi Oyebode, R.Ph., MBA - Clinical Pharmacist

Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic approved by the FDA in 1970 to induce and maintain general anesthesia.  It is considered a dissociative drug because it distorts perceptions as well as produces feelings of detachment.  Ketamine is a potent open channel N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA)-receptor antagonist.  NMDA receptor excitation results in an influx of calcium into the cell […] Continue

CMS Issues Alert Regarding Zero-Dollar WCMSAs

CMS, Medicare Set-Aside Blog, Medicare Set-Asides on November 1, 2016 | Posted by Jean S. Goldstein, JD

CMS issued an alert this morning indicating that “CMS recently received inquiries regarding procedural changes in the way that CMS’ Workers’ Compensation Review Contractor (WCRC) reviews proposed zero-dollar Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside Arrangement (WCMSA) amounts.  CMS determined changes had transpired without prior notification. Effective immediately, the WCRC will utilize procedures that were previously in effect. […] Continue

MEDVAL Speaking and Exhibiting at the National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference & Expo

Medicare Set-Aside Blog, MEDVAL News, News and Events, Work Comp on October 14, 2016 | Posted by Jean S. Goldstein, JD

For 24 years, the National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference & Expo (NWCDC) has been one of the leading training events for workers’ compensation and disability management professionals.  MEDVAL is pleased to be a presenter, exhibitor, and event sponsor of the 25th Annual NWCDC in New Orleans next month. Jennifer Jordan, our Chief Legal Officer, […] Continue