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Blog, LMSA, Medicare Secondary Payer News, Medicare Set Aside, WCMSA

Liability Medicare Set-Asides (LMSAs) and No-Fault Medicare Set-Asides (NFMSAs) Update – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has been taking incremental steps recently to implement a review process for LMSAs and NFMSAs. Over the past year we saw a series of indications that CMS was looking to implement a review process.  The Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Workers’ Compensation …
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Blog, Legal/Legislative News, Medicare Advantage Part C

Hartford Casualty Insurance Company is the target of a new complaint recently filed in the United States District Court, Western District of Washington (Seattle) by Humana Health Plan. Humana, as a Medicare Advantage Plan (MAP) is seeking a declaratory judgment as to Hartford’s obligation to reimburse conditional payments made by Humana, as well as a private cause of action pursuant …
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Blog, Medicare Set Aside, WCMSA

Back in November of 2016, we blogged regarding the Workers’ Compensation Review Contractor (WCRC) introducing more stringent requirements for CMS approval of a zero Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside (WCMSA). For a short period of time, the WCRC was requiring either a court order or treating physician statement to approve a zero MSA allocation. However, the WCRC retracted this policy just …
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Blog, Legal/Legislative News, Medicare Advantage Part C

Over the past several years, we have witnessed Medicare Advantage Plans (MAPs) flex their muscles in establishing their rights to recover double damages through a Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) private cause of action for double damages against “primary plans” (workers’ compensation, liability, and no-fault insurance carriers/self-insured entities) for failure to timely reimburse MAP conditional payments. Well known and important decisions …
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Blog, Legal/Legislative News, Medicare Secondary Payer News, WCMSA

The WCRC, the entity which reviews Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Asides (WCMSAs) for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued the award to Capitol Bridge LLC, a government services firm with its headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. The award notice is as of September 1, 2017 and can be found here. Noteworthy of the award is that it is for …
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About Franco Signor, Blog, Franco Signor News

Franco Signor was recently named the 1,421st fastest growing private company in the U.S, placing 18th in the entire insurance industry.  This annual list, compiled by Inc. Magazine, ranks the fastest-growing private firms in America.  We are honored to make the 2017 list and expect continued growth, as we strive to better serve clients with an ever expanding array of …
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About Franco Signor, Blog, Franco Signor News, Legal/Legislative News

Session: Important Medicare & Medicaid Changes Primary Plans Need to Leverage for Savings Friday, September 8th / 9:00 – 10:00 am CMS has been actively pursuing conditional payments for close to a decade where there is a settlement, judgment or award. In the fall of 2015, CMS expanded recoveries to include unresolved cases with Ongoing Responsibility for Medical. Given the …
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Blog, Medicare Jurisdiction, Medicare Secondary Payer News, WCMSA

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an updated Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside (WCMSA) Reference Guide on July 31st, although the Reference Guide is dated July 10, 2017. There are several important changes to note within this new Reference Guide (the new Guide can be located here). We have listed the more noteworthy changes first: Updated Amended Review …
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Legal/Legislative News, Medicare Jurisdiction, Medicare Set Aside, WCMSA

There are two recent updates which may impact workers’ compensation payers looking to finalize and foreclose future medical expenses and which additionally may impact claims that involve a Medicare Set-Aside (MSA). I. Arizona Passes Bill 1332 Allowing for Full and Final Settlement of Workers’ Compensation Claims Senate Bill 1332, signed into law by Governor Ducey on May 8, 2017 which …
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