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Updated Guides Issued: WCMSA Reference Guide and Section 111 Reporting Guide

CMS, Medicare Set-Asides, MSP News on October 4, 2018
Posted by Jean S. Goldstein, JD

An updated Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside (WCMSA) reference guide has been issued.  The revised guide, version 2.8, can be found here. The revised WCMSA reference guide includes the following updates: Fields formerly labeled as “HICN” have been relabeled as “Medicare ID” and can accept either an Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) or the new Medicare Beneficiary […] Continue

Medicare Secondary Payer Recovery Portal (MSPRP) Overview Webinar Slides Now Available

CMS, Conditional Payments, MSP News on August 23, 2018
Posted by Jean S. Goldstein, JD

Last week, we posted about CMS’ overview webinar regarding the benefits of using the Medicare Secondary Payer Recovery Portal (MSPRP), a web-based application for managing Medicare recovery cases (or conditional payments).  The webinar slides from the webinar are now available for download here. If you have additional questions concerning the current functionality of the MSPRP, […] Continue

CMS Provides High Level Overview of MSPRP and Insight into Future Enhancements

CMS, Conditional Payments, MSP News on August 17, 2018
Posted by Jean S. Goldstein, JD

Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), held an informative webinar to address the benefits of using the Medicare Secondary Payer Recovery Portal (MSPRP), a web-based application for managing Medicare recovery cases (or conditional payments).  The webinar was an overview explaining the various benefits of using the MSPRP, how to get started using […] Continue

NAMSAP Bulletin Provides a Sneak Peek into CMS’ LMSA Review Program

CMS, Liability, MSP News on August 13, 2018
Posted by Jean S. Goldstein, JD

Last week, the National Alliance of Medicare Set Aside Professionals (NAMSAP), through their Liability Medicare Set Aside (LMSA) Committee issued a special edition bulletin about LMSAs.  The bulletin described an April 16, 2018 meeting between NAMSAP members and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).  The informational bulletin, which is subject to change until […] Continue

Medicare Secondary Payer Portal (MSPRP) Overview Webinar Scheduled for August 16, 2018

CMS, Conditional Payments, MSP News on July 31, 2018
Posted by Jean S. Goldstein, JD

You may recall we recently advised that CMS released an updated Medicare Secondary Payer Recovery Portal (MSRP) user guide, with the intention of creating more efficient practices.  CMS will be hosting a webinar to present the benefits of using the MSPRP, as well presenting the newly available features.  The webinar will be held on August […] Continue

CMS Releases Updated Medicare Secondary Payer Recovery Portal User Guide Noting Enhancements to the Portal

CMS, Conditional Payments, MSP News on July 10, 2018
Posted by Jean S. Goldstein, JD

CMS recently released an updated Medicare Secondary Payer Recovery Portal (MSRP) user guide in the hopes to lead to some more efficient practices.  A summary of the updates is as follows:   To reduce the number of calls received by the BCRC regarding the status of case correspondence, a new read-only Letter Activity tab has […] Continue

Professional Administration: The Last Piece of the MSP Compliance Puzzle

CMS, Medicare Set-Asides, Professional Administration on June 26, 2018
Posted by Jean S. Goldstein, JD

It has been nearly one year since the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) first released a revised Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside (WCMSA) Reference Guide,[1] which addressed one of the lesser discussed topics in Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) compliance: professional administration.  Specifically, the revised guide included the following statement: “[a]lthough beneficiaries may act as […] Continue

H.R.5881 Introduced in An Effort to Add Transparency to MSP Reporting Information

CMS, Medicaid, Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Set-Aside Blog, MSP News on May 22, 2018
Posted by Jean S. Goldstein, JD

Last week, Congressman Gus Bilirakis and Congressman Ron Kind introduced legislation (H.R. 5881) in the House of Representatives to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act, specifically in an effort to provide for transparency of Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) reporting information.  Congressman Bilirakis issued a press release yesterday stating that, “[t]his legislation will ensure […] Continue

CMS Issues Revised WCMSA Self-Administration Toolkit, Version 1.2

CMS, Medicare Set-Aside Blog, MSP News on May 7, 2018
Posted by Jean S. Goldstein, JD

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a revised self-administration toolkit, version 1.2. The purpose of the toolkit, just as with the previous version is outlined on page 3 of the 31 page guide, which is to describe the Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside (WCMSA) self-administration process and provide guidelines for claimants.  Specifically, […] Continue

CMS Posts Update of Medicare Part D Opioid Prescribing Mapping Tool

CMS, Medicare Set-Aside Blog, Opioids on April 17, 2018
Posted by Jean S. Goldstein, JD

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an updated version of the Medicare Part D opioid prescribing mapping tool, providing an interactive, web-based resource that presents geographic comparisons- at the state, county, and ZIP code levels – of Medicare Part D opioid prescribing rates.  The tool allows users to understand and compare opioid […] Continue