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Updated WCMSA Reference Guide Issued

CMS, Medicare Set-Aside Blog, Medicare Set-Asides, WCRC on May 15, 2020
Posted by Jean S. Goldstein, JD, CMSP

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a revised Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside (WCMSA) Reference Guide.  The updated guide is version 3.1, dated May 11, 2020, and can be found here. As with other versions of the guide, a summary of updates to the guide are found in Section 1.1. The only update […] Continue

Reminder: 04/01 Revised CMS Release Must be Used; Electronic Signatures: OK

CMS, MSAs, WCRC on March 23, 2020
Posted by Jean S. Goldstein, JD, CMSP

In just 9 days, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will no longer accept a standard CMS release when submitting a Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside (WCMSA) for review and approval to the Workers’ Compensation Review Contractor, CMS’ independent contractor.   As noted in CMS’ most recently issued WCMSA Reference Guide, beginning on April 1, […] Continue

CMS to Begin Utilizing 2017 Life Table

CMS, Medicare Set-Aside Blog, MSAs, WCRC on March 18, 2020
Posted by Jean S. Goldstein, JD, CMSP

Starting April 25, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin using the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) “Table 1: Life Table for the total population: United States, 2017” for Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set Aside (WCMSA) life expectancy calculations.  This means that for any WCMSA proposal received by CMS through the voluntary review […] Continue

UPDATED WCMSA REFERENCE GUIDE EXPANDS AMENDED REVIEW TIMEFRAME TO 6 YEARS AFTER A CMS APPROVAL HAS BEEN ISSUED

CMS, Medicare Set-Aside Blog, Medicare Set-Asides, WCRC on November 6, 2019
Posted by Jean S. Goldstein, JD, CMSP

Last week, in a pre-Halloween treat mode, CMS released a revised Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside (WCMSA) Reference Guide.  The updated guide is version 3.0, dated October 10, 2019, and can be found here.  As with other versions of the guide, updates are found in Section 1.1.  Of the updates, there are two of great significance […] Continue

CMS to Begin Utilizing 2016 Life Table

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

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