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  • CMS to Apply New Life Tables to WCMSAs as of 4/1/2017

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Mar 20, 2017
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    CMS, Medicare Set-Aside, Settlement
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released United States Life Tables, 2012 reflecting population estimates for 2012 of life populations. Beginning April 1, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will be utilizing Table 1: Life table for the total population: United States, 2012 for Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside Agreements (WCMSAs) in regards to life expectancy.


  • Will CMS raise the bar for Zero MSA Allocations?

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Nov 01, 2016
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    Medicare Set-Aside, medicareinsights blog, CMS


  • Navigating the Language of Medicare Settlement

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Oct 24, 2016
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    Medicare Set-Aside
    Medicare Settlement is driven by legislation, regulation, reports and deadlines. This checklist can be used to help with compliance as you help clients manage their Mandatory Insurer Reporting (MIR), Conditional Payments and/or Medicare Set Aside (MSA) allocations. In addition, you'll find a list of common acronyms that may help to understand the Medicare settlement language.


  • The SPARC Act and Compliance with Medicare Advantage plans PART D prescription drugs

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    | Oct 17, 2016
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    medicareinsights blog, Medicare Secondary Payer, Settlement
    In September, Congressman Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI) introduced bipartisan legislation into the U.S. House of Representatives to improve the Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) Act as it pertains to the Medicare Prescription Drug (Part D) program. Here we outline the SPARC act and its implications for workers' compensation.






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