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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

Inclusion of Lyrica in Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside Arrangements

Medicare Set-Asides, Rx/Pharmacy, WCRC on October 11, 2018
Posted by Complex Claims Division

Lyrica (pregabalin) is an analog of the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutryic acid, or GABA. Within the brain and nervous system, GABA plays an important role in behavior, cognition and the body’s response to stressful situations. A deficiency in naturally-occurring levels of GABA has been linked to conditions such as schizophrenia, depression, anxiety and various sleep disorders.  While […] Continue

Updated WCMSA Reference Guide Issued

CMS, Medicare Set-Aside Blog, Medicare Set-Asides, WCRC on March 21, 2018
Posted by Jean S. Goldstein, JD

An updated Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside (WCMSA) reference guide has been issued.  The revised guide, version 2.7, can be found here. The revised WCMSA reference guide has two minor updates, which are: An updated phone number for the new Workers’ Compensation Review Contractor “WCRC” (1-833-295-3773 between 9am-5pm EST, Monday thru Friday); and A revised Confidentiality […] Continue

New CRC Contractor: What Are Our First Impressions?

Conditional Payments, CRC, Medicare Set-Aside Blog, MSP News, WCRC on March 20, 2018
Posted by Jean S. Goldstein, JD

It’s been over a month since the anticipated transition of the Commercial Repayment Center (CRC) contractor from CGI Federal to Performant Recovery.  Our first impressions have all been positive.  As with all transitions to new government contractors, we of course had some reservations and concerns, but to date are encountering only positive experiences. Some quick […] Continue

WCRC Transition to be Seamless and Promising

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

CMS and Capitol Bridge LLC, the entity taking over as the new Workers’ Compensation Review Contractor (WCRC) held a webinar today regarding the planned WCRC transition.  CMS introduced Capitol Bridge, who categorically addressed concerns regarding the transition.  It was quite clearly stated that today’s webinar would not address any policy questions, but simply address transition […] Continue