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Why go on a beach vacation with the family when you can come to Southern California and see Jennifer Jordan in person this July? What better way to spend a Saturday afternoon then finding out how to take control of your settlements and push back against an increasingly abusive and arbitrary CMS review program. Gerald Walters has said in his own words the CMS WCRC review process is voluntary so find out how to take him up on his offer, better protect Medicare and save money in the process.

Seminar Explores Legal Alternatives to Submitting MSAs: WEST [2010-04-27]

WorkCompCentral Education on July 17 will host a continuing legal education seminar offering alternatives to meeting Medicare Secondary Payer Act obligations, including bypassing the formal approval process for a Medicare set-aside agreement (MSA).

The seminar, to be held in Camarillo, Calif., is titled, “Don’t Be Intimidated by Medicare! Effective Strategies for Meeting MSA Obligations.” The instructor is Jennifer Jordan, general counsel for Medval, a nationwide provider of legal consulting services for high exposure workers’ compensation and liability claims that fall under the Medicare Secondary Payer Act.

A frequent speaker at workers’ compensation conferences, Jordan advocates allocation strategies that are compliant and that look out for the fiscal best interest of insurers and payers.

“Many do not understand that the CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) approval process is voluntary and carries an inherent cost. How a payer or employer sets up the set-aside comes down to risk management,” Jordan said.

Attorneys, employers and labor representatives who attend will learn about:

CMS’ policies about the Secondary Payer Act
Which workers’ compensation MSA requirements overreach requirements of the Secondary Payer Act
Identifying cases not to submit to CMS for review
How to clean up your case for a better CMS outcome
How to evaluate a vendor’s MSA evaluation
Financial options for funding MSAs
Recommendations for settlement language

A full course description and online registration is available at http://www.workcompschool.com/course_details.php?id.

The seminar is from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at WorkCompCentral headquarters, 1320 Flynn Road, Suite 401 in Camarillo, Calif. Six Minimum Continuing Legal Education or six Legal Specialization credit hours are available. California claims professionals also receive six CE hours for attending. Workers’ comp program managers and union representatives also will benefit from this instruction.

The cost to attend is $279 per person. WorkCompCentral subscribers with a prepaid annual subscription pay $250 for the seminar. Call 805-484-0333, ext. 113 for information or to register.

Source: WorkCompCentral Education

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