Medicare Set-Asides in California
California Applicant Attorneys Can Petition for Reimbursement for Costs Associated with Medicare Set-Asides (MSA).
Specific language regarding reimbursement of an Medicare Set-Asides is found under Petition of Costs in Section 10545 (formerly section 10451.3):
(a) Petition for costs is a petition seeking reimbursement of an expense or payment for service not allowable as a lien against compensation under Labor Code section 4903. A petition for costs may be filed only by:
(1) an employee or dependent of a deceased employee; and
(2) a defendant; or
(3) An interpreter for services other than those rendered at a medical treatment appointment or medical-legal examination…
(c) A petition for costs filed by an employee or dependent may include, but is not limited to, a claim for reimbursement of payment(s) previously made directly to a provider for medical-legal good or services, subject to an applicable official fee schedule.
An MSA is a critical part of the Applicant’s case and should be prepared by an expert of your choosing. There is no state or CMS requirement that defendants must control the MSA process.
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