Blog

/Blog/

CMS Updates WCMSA Reference Guide

Everyone updates, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In October, the CMS released its updated Medicare Set Aside (MSA) reference guide, version 3.0, which replaces version 2.9 released just in January of this year. As participants in the MSA system make changes to reflect the new guidelines, they should be careful to [...]

By |2019-12-06T13:19:13-05:00December 6th, 2019|Government, MSA, Review Process|

Medicare and the Workers’ Comp System

The Medicare and Medicaid systems are fundamental sources for healthcare services for America's seniors and disabled people. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) runs the healthcare networks that span the country and provide medical services for millions of people. When Medicare-eligible people suffer injuries at work, CMS can only provide healthcare funding when [...]

By |2019-11-01T12:55:32-05:00November 1st, 2019|CMS, CMS WCRC, MSA|

More Than One Pot – Who Pays for Injured Workers?

Last month's post discussed the history of how and why the 'workers’ compensation' (WC) industry evolved out of medieval 'employment' practices: Employers often demanded that their employees put in long hours under harsh conditions to justify paying them a minimal wage. Workers were subjected to challenging conditions in unsafe factories that exposed them to innumerable [...]

By |2019-10-01T10:20:45-05:00October 1st, 2019|Employers, Government, MSA|

Why Workers’ Comp? Why MSA’s?

The Road to Worker Protections For most injured workers, a complete recovery and the ability to return to work are only possible because of the medical and health care services provided by Workers’ Compensation insurance. However, the concept of healthcare support delivered through an employment setting and applied to on-the-job injuries is a recent one, [...]

By |2019-09-03T10:41:15-05:00September 3rd, 2019|Government, LMSA, MSA|

Mid-Summer Summary and a Quick Look Forward

It's mid-summer, and many of our readers are off on well-deserved vacations. For those who are still in the office (and are as fascinated as we are by all things ‘workers’ comp'), we are taking this opportunity to offer some updates to one of the major subjects we've been following and to provide a heads [...]

By |2019-07-31T21:13:51-05:00July 31st, 2019|CMS, Employers, Government, MSA, Opioid Series, Opioids|

Medical Pricing Impacts Premiums, MSA Values

Workers’ Compensation Insurance plays an integral part in America's economy by allowing employers, either privately or through their workers’ compensation insurers, to cover the medical costs stemming from on-the-job injuries. As a corporate expense, the funds used to pay those premiums and fees are taken off the top of corporate revenues, so keeping them as [...]

By |2019-07-01T13:27:14-05:00July 1st, 2019|Employers, MSA|

Dr. Criminal: Arrests Made for ‘Pushing’ Opioids

The true cost to the nation's employers of America's opioid crisis is almost inestimable. From lost wages to lost productivity to the thousands of unnecessary deaths caused by the over-prescription of opioids and their subsequent addictions, the value of the losses suffered by individuals, families, communities, and businesses is beyond calculation. Gaining control over the [...]

By |2019-06-03T17:30:05-05:00June 3rd, 2019|Employers, Government, MSA, Opioids|

Are Employers Lagging on Their Opioid Response?

Despite the strong connection between workplace injuries and opioid addiction, a majority of the Nation's employers do not feel they are fully capable of dealing with the concern, says the National Safety Council (NSC). Data reveals that many employers remain hesitant to take the steps necessary to prevent or control the risks posed by a [...]

By |2019-05-01T20:15:26-05:00May 1st, 2019|Employers, Opioid Series, Opioids|

Lack of Legal Guidance Causes Confusion

MSA Confusion Reigns in Third-Party Liability Cases The confusion caused by gaps in CMS regulations regarding Medicare Set-Asides (MSAs) continues to grow. An aging population ensures that more people will become potential Medicare claimants if they are injured for any reason. While CMS has provided clear guidelines around the development of MSAs when injuries occur [...]

By |2019-04-01T13:14:54-05:00April 1st, 2019|LMSA, MSA|

Hidden in Plain Sight: America’s ‘Benzo’ Problem

Hidden behind America's disturbing opioid addiction and premature death rates is a related and equally troubling reality: the contribution to the crisis played by benzodiazepines in those numbers. When used appropriately, 'benzos' are perfectly good medications for the maladies they were designed to address. When used inappropriately and in conjunction with opioids, however, the drugs [...]

By |2019-03-04T09:39:53-05:00March 4th, 2019|Employers, Government, Opioids|