CMS Announcement of Possible Development of Internet Portal in 2010 for WCMSA Submission

Medicare Set-Aside Blog on July 21, 2009
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announces the potential for development of an internet portal for submission
of Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside Arrangements by 2010.  In
preparation for this proposed action, CMS is now soliciting comments
from the industry.  Please review their announcement below and download the ‘WCMSA Web Portal Survey‘  to complete and submit your
response to CMS as directed below.  CMS will accept these surveys until July
31, 2009. 


“In an attempt to make it easier for entities to report workers’
compensation settlements that contemplate future medical (including
prescription drug) treatments, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
(CMS) proposes, by calendar year 2010, to streamline the WCMSA proposal
submission process for the various affected stakeholders by making available an
Internet web-based portal or interface. The benefits of an Internet web-based
portal or interface for submitters and other affected workers’ compensation
stakeholders include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Allows for quicker creation of new WCMSA cases for processing.
• Facilitates tracking of the status of submitted WCMSA cases.
• Provides for almost instantaneous feedback to the submitter.
• Reduces the need for mailings.

launching development efforts in this direction, however, CMS wishes to gauge
the workers’ compensation industry’s readiness for this submission methodology.
Please review and complete the “Survey of Workers’ Compensation Medicare
Set-Aside (WCMSA) Process,” located under “WCMSA – Related
Topics” link located on the left, and then scroll down to the bottom of
the page to “Downloads.” Your completed response should be emailed (with
“Survey” in the Subject line) to the MSP Central mailbox at: no later than
July 31, 2009.”



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