New WCMSA Review Contractor

CMS has awarded the contract to review Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside submissions to a new vendor (Provider Resources, Inc.).  The new contract runs through June 30, 2012.  CMS mandated that the new contractor achieve significant decreases in the time it takes to complete the WCMSA submission process.  CMS’ Request for Proposal (RFP) included provisions that

Web Based Submission Portal

As the Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside (WCMSA) submission process is currently implemented, CMS only accepts WCMSA proposals via regular mail.  All necessary materials must be scanned into PDF format, put onto a compact disc, and mailed to the Workers’ Compensation Review Contractor.  Once the contractor receives the WCMSA proposal, it must upload the information into

Congress and Medicare

In June, 2011, congressional hearings were held in Washington D.C. to examine systems under the Medicare Secondary Payer Law.  Objectives included whether the systems adequately protect the interests of Medicare beneficiaries, businesses, taxpayers, and other interested parties. Particular focus has been on the conditional payment aspect of the MSP. The MARC Coalition’s H.R. 1063; “Strengthening

CMS Policy for Set-Aside Submission

As covered in previous Wiedner & McAuliffe Newsletters, CMS issued a Memorandum on May 11, 2011.  This was intended by CMS to “reiterate guidance provided in [prior procedure] Memoranda regarding CMS’ Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set‑Aside Agreement (WCMSA) proposal review threshold …” The Memorandum was a response, in part, to legislative efforts in some states to make

Record Review Reports Subject to Section 12

William Mulligan v. Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission No. 1-09-2507WC William Mulligan suffered injuries on separate dates to his right knee and cervical spine which he claimed rendered him totally disabled from working.  His employer disputed this claim based on Mulligan’s long history of multiple knee surgeries, including a total knee replacement, and prior surgery to

Section 8j Credit Granted for Wages Paid in Lieu of TTD

Elgin Board of Education School District 4-26 v. Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, Et al., No. 1-09-3446WC Linda Weiler worked for the Elgin Board of Education School District U-46.  On November 13, 2002, she struck her right knee against a metal desk, aggravating an unrelated condition for which she had just one week before undergone surgery. 

MSPRC to Resume Issuance of Conditional Payment Demand Letters

Recall from prior Alerts that MSPRC suspended issuance of conditional payment demand letters in the wake of the Haro v. Sebelius decision.  This created additional delay in the already burdensome process of considering Medicare’s interests.  MSPRC has now announced that it has completed its review of its internal policies and procedures, and that it expects

What Is New With Conditional Payments?

Portman v. Goodson, et al.; Sullivan v. Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company of Michigan No. 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19491; 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 35817 What is new with Conditional Payments? Case Law MSPRC Policy A previous Alert advised that MSPRC suspended issuance of conditional payment information while it reviews the implications of the recent

Workers Compensation Reform Passes Both Houses in General Assembly

In the final hours of the legislative session, the General Assembly voted to implement substantive changes to the Workers’ Compensation Act under HB 1698.  The legislation now awaits Governor Quinn’s signature.  Below is a summary of how the legislation unfolded over the past five days. Friday, May 27, 2011 After months of negotiations between all

Multiple Injuries to the Same Body Part Merit One Disability Award

The City of Chicago vs. The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, et al. and Robert Baumgardner vs. Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, et al. No. No. 1-09-2320WC and No. 1-10-0727WC In two decisions issued on the same day, the appellate court has held that multiple injuries involving the same part of the body merit only one permanency