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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

Shark Week May be Over; but the Conditional Payment Recovery Process Continues to Terrorize

Conditional Payments, Medicare, MSP News on August 9, 2018
Posted by Jean S. Goldstein, JD

Shark Week is a magical week; providing some of the most enthralling and illuminating insight into jaw-dropping actions of magnificent beings.  As with previous years, Shark Week 2018 did not disappoint.  Many of us can recall learning in basic grade school science that sharks are a necessary evil to keep the ecosystem in a proper […] 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

FDA Approval of the First Plant-Derived Cannabinoid Prescription Medication

FDA, Medical Marijuana, MSP News, Rx/Pharmacy on July 30, 2018
Posted by Complex Claims Division

In a landmark approval on June 25th, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Epidiolex® (oral cannabidiol solution) for the treatment of seizures associated with Lennox-Gestaut Syndrome or Dravet Syndrome, in children two years of age and older.  Epidiolex is the first marijuana-based drug approved for use in the United States. Two other drugs previously […] Continue

Industrial Commission of Arizona Issues Advisory Document Outlining Best Practices for Full and Final Settlements

Medicare Set-Aside Blog, MSP News, State Regulations on July 23, 2018
Posted by Jean S. Goldstein, JD

The Administrative Law Judge Division of the Industrial Commission of Arizona has issued guidance for cases involving full and final settlements, in the form of an informative and suggested best practices document.  The document can be found here, and applies to full and final settlements that take place on or after August 3, 2018.  You […] Continue

Rumor Has It……a Formal Review Program for Liability/No Fault MSAs Is on Hold….

Liability, Medicare, Medicare Set-Aside Blog, MSP News on July 12, 2018
Posted by Jean S. Goldstein, JD

You may have seen the recent chatter among the Medicare Secondary Payer community that implementation of a formal voluntary Liability MSA (LMSA) and No-Fault MSA (NFMSA) review program is on hold. Some in the industry have even discussed that the program is on hold for another eighteen months. Recall that in 2016, we first blogged […] 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

Senate Bill 3079, Legislation to Band-Aid the Medicare Set-Aside Process Has Been Introduced

Legislation, Medicare Set-Asides, MSP News on June 21, 2018
Posted by Jean S. Goldstein, JD

You may recall in 2014, Senators Portman and Nelson introduced a Senate Bill, “[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.”  However, the legislation failed and never made it out of the Committee on […] Continue

U.S. Attorney’s Office Settles Conditional Payments Debts with Personal Injury Law Firm and Requires Attorney to Institute Best Internal Compliance Practices

Conditional Payments, Medicare, MSP News on June 20, 2018
Posted by Jean S. Goldstein, JD

On Monday, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania issued a press release concerning a settlement arrangement involving the repayment of conditional payments.  U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain announced that the Philadelphia personal injury law firm, Rosenbaum & Associates, and its principal, Jeffrey Rosenbaum entered into a settlement agreement […] Continue