Medicare’s new Workers’ Compensation Review Contractor (“WCRC”) is set to take over all Medicare Set-Aside (“MSA”) reviews on Monday, March 19, 2018. The new contractor, Capitol Bridge, LLC, has stated it expects no changes to the process or timeframes for review. It has provided new contact information though: WCRC New Phone:                         833-295-3773 WCRC New Email:                          WCRC@CapitolBridgeLLC.com…

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Please remember Medicare liens for what it considers No-Fault and Workers’ Compensation files may not change for a few days. Performant Recovery, Inc. officially takes over tomorrow, February 8, 2018; however, CGI is handing off all data beginning today, February 7, 2018. All CRC files will re-start processing (mail, faxes, etc.) on Monday, February 12, 2018.…

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As we’ve previously discussed, Medicare’s CRC contractor is changing from CGI to Performant Recovery, Inc. on February 8, 2018. The CRC is having three days of what it is calling it’s, “Dark Days” from February 7 thru 9, 2018. What does this mean? Medicare No-Fault and Workers’ Compensation files will be accessible, but, no additional…

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CMS can finally move forward with its new Medicare Set-Aside (“MSA”) contractor. While that contract was awarded in September, two organizations challenged that award arguing that CMS “unreasonably failed to permit offerors to make oral presentations and failed to conduct discussions.” More interesting, Arch Systems, LLC argued that the agency “failed to reasonably evaluate the…

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As proud Gold Level Advocates of WILG, we are excited to contribute to this collaborative group dedicated to success! Managing Partner Todd Franklin and Director of Business Development Ahmad Zeki will be presenting to the WILG members at the Annual Convention October 16-18, 2017 in Florida. The topic will be ‘Medicare Set-Asides: What They Do and Do…

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CMS issued MLN Matters Number SE17019 on September 19, 2017. Its three pages have one clear intent: teach medical providers how to discover whether they should bill Medicare or the patient’s MSA account. Click here for the full text of MLN Matters Number SE 17019. The article concludes with a section called, “Provider Action Needed.”…

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has long followed a clear path toward revising MSAs: You couldn’t. CMS has finally changed its tune. Its newest Workers Compensation Medicare Set-Aside User Guide lays out those changes. First – let’s review the soon-to-be-forgotten, defunct MSA re-review process. The old process did not allow re-review where…

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CMS is finally, officially, directly acknowledging that Liability Medicare Set-Aside Arrangements (LMSAs) are coming. Guidance is due. Medicare’s Change Request 9893  and its MLN Matters bulletin on the subject was revised on June 8, 2017. That revision includes the clearest statement that Medicare liens are just part of the puzzle. The newest piece to that…

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Liability Medicare Set Aside. If you don’t know what an “LMSA” is yet, you’ll need to learn fast. On February 3, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published Change Request 9893. It establishes new processes for LMSAs and No-Fault MSAs (“NFMSAs”) effective October 2, 2017. CR 9893 is directed to Medicare Administrative…

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