The Official Medicare Set Aside Blog And Information Resource

Behind the Counter Availability of Naloxone

Medicare Set-Asides, Opioids, Rx/Pharmacy on October 2, 2019
Posted by Leah King, PharmD, JD, Independent Pharmacy Consultant

One component of the FDA’s drug approval process is a designation of the drug as prescription only or over-the-counter (OTC). If a drug is initially approved as a prescription only medication, this doesn’t mean that the drug cannot later be approved for over-the-counter status. In order to facilitate this change, the drug manufacturer files a […] Continue

CMS Issues Education Regarding Concurrent Use of Opioids and Benzodiazepines

CMS, Opioids, Rx/Pharmacy on September 24, 2019
Posted by Leah King, PharmD, JD, Independent Pharmacy Consultant

On July 1st, CMS issued a Medicare Learning Network (MLN) article regarding the potential dangers associated with the concurrent use of opioids and benzodiazepines. This combination of drugs has always been prescribed cautiously in light of the depressive effect that both drugs can have on a patient’s ability to breathe. When used together, the resulting […] Continue

CMS to Begin Utilizing 2016 Life Table

CMS, Medicare Set-Asides, WCRC on September 13, 2019
Posted by Jean S. Goldstein, JD

Starting October 12, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin using the CDC’s “Table 1: Life Table for the total population: United States, 2016” for Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set Aside (WCMSA) life expectancy calculations.  This means that for any WCMSA proposal received by CMS through the voluntary review program, or where any […] Continue

MEDVAL’s Blog Named as a Best Blog in the Industry

Medicare Set-Aside Blog, Work Comp on September 4, 2019
Posted by Jean S. Goldstein, JD

MEDVAL’s blog, The Official Medicare Set-Aside Blog and Information Resource, has been selected as a best blog in the workers’ compensation industry by  We sincerely want to thank all of our loyal readers who took a moment to nominate us, as well as the esteemed panel of judges for this prestigious accolade.  It is truly […] Continue

U.S. House of Representatives Introduce Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside Legislation

CMS, Medicare Set-Asides, MSP News on August 23, 2019
Posted by Jean S. Goldstein, JD

You may recall that in 2018 we reported that a Senate Bill was introduced, “[t]o amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for the application of Medicare secondary payer rules to certain workers’ compensation settlement agreements and qualified Medicare set-aside provisions.”  As we described it, the Bill was a piece of legislation to […] Continue