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  • Prescription drug updates may positively affect Medicare Set Aside

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    | May 15, 2019
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    Medicare Insights, Medicare Set-Aside
    As part of our best business practices, we continually monitor RED BOOK®Average Wholesale Price (AWP) of the most common medications present in Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside (WCMSA) arrangements. This practice assists in identifying price changes positively affecting WCMSAs.


  • WCRC contractor transition webinar held with The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

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    • MSCC
    • Donna Mize
    | May 15, 2019
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    WCRC, Workers' Compensation, Medicare Insights
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) held a webinar on March 7, 2018, to introduce Capitol Bridge, LLC, our new WCRC contractor, and review the transition plan. John Jenkins of CMS and Holly Havens of Capitol Bridge discussed the transition between the two WCRC contractors—the incumbent, Provider Resources, LLC, and Capitol Bridge. The last day for Provider Resources will be March 16, 2018, with Capitol Bridge beginning March 19, 2018. The transition will occur over the weekend and should not disrupt business or cause a backlog.


  • Important change regarding Medicaid secondary payer claim compliance

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    | May 15, 2019
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    Medicare Secondary Payer, Medicare Insights, Settlement Solutions
    On February 9, 2018 President Trump signed into law a new budget deal. The new law also contained an important change regarding Medicaid Secondary Payer compliance. What Optum had been anticipating Optum Settlement Solutions had been anticipating an Oct 1, 2017 effective date for state Medicaid agencies to begin enforcing the Medicaid Secondary Payer Act enacted in Section 202(b) of the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2013, referred to as the “Murray-Ryan bill”. The act permitted state Medicaid agencies to recover all payments Medicaid made related to the underlying personal injury claim before settlement. The recovery was to occur regardless of whether the damages/injuries claimed were related to the medical component of damages within a personal injury settlement or third party settlement.


  • CMS Releases NGHP Section 111 User Guide v5.3

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    • Donna Mize
    | May 15, 2019
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    Medicare Insights, Settlement Solutions, CMS
    CMS has released an updated NGHP User Guide, version number 5.3. The updates address the new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) initiative in the Introduction, Overview and Appendices chapters.


  • Our Industry Trends Report is now available

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | May 06, 2019
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    Analytics, Ancillary, Drug Formulary, Medicare Set-Aside, Opioids, Optum Workers Comp Auto No Fault, Predictive Analytics, Settlement Solutions, Workers' Compensation
    A 2018 REVIEW OF THE PREVAILING INDUSTRY INFLUENCES IMPACTING CLAIM OUTCOMES


  • FDA approves the first generic naloxone nasal spray to treat opioid overdoses

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    • Optum for Workers' Compensation
    | Apr 29, 2019
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    FDA approved, Clinical, Opioids, Narcan
    On April 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first generic for Narcan® Nasal Spray, the life-saving medication used for the emergency treatment of opioid-related overdose.


  • Medication Recall: Two lots of fentanyl transdermal system (patch) recalled

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    • Optum for Workers' Compensation
    | Apr 25, 2019
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    recall, Opioids, Fentanyl, Clinical, FDA
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Alvogen, Inc. voluntarily recalled two lots of fentanyl patches 12 mcg/hour at the consumer level.



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