On 01/15/19, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) opened a National Coverage Analysis (NCA) to complete a thorough review of the evidence to determine if acupuncture for chronic low back pain is reasonable and necessary under the Medicare program. The public comment period is open until 02/14/19, a proposed decision memo due date […] Continue
The Official Medicare Set Aside Blog And Information Resource
Finally, a new Workers’ Compensation Review Contractor (WCRC) award has been issued. This news comes after several months of work being completed by Provider Resources, the incumbent contractor, under an expired contract. The new WCRC contract was awarded on September 1, 2017 to Capitol Bridge, LLC of Arlington, Virginia, a certified small business entity. Capitol […] Continue
As you may be aware, on July 10th, here on our blog we announced the quiet release of a change to CMS’ re-review process. However, as we noted at that time, this process was not formalized by CMS, and had simply been released through CMS’ Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside Portal (WCMSAP). Specifically, through a revised WCMSAP User Guide, […] Continue
Endo Pharmaceuticals Voluntarily Withdraws Opana ER From the Market: What Does This Mean For Your Cases?
On July 6, 2017, Endo Pharmaceuticals issued a statement indicating it would voluntarily withdraw the opioid pain medication, Opana ER, from the market, in response to the Food and Drug Administration’s request one month earlier. As noted in our prior blog post, the FDA requested that Endo Pharmaceuticals withdraw Opana ER from the market, citing concerns of […] Continue
While all eyes (and ears) have been focused on the news, or the lack thereof of news regarding the Workers’ Compensation Review Contractor award, CMS quietly released a change to their re-review process today. The change was released through CMS’ Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside Portal (WCMSAP). Specifically, through a revised WCMSAP User Guide, which can […] Continue