Category Archives: MSAs

Liability Medicare Set-Asides: Where are we Today?

November 12, 2020 By: Rasa Fumagalli, JD, MSCC, CMSP-F The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has been slow in providing detailed guidance in the area of liability settlements that include compensation for future medicals. To date, the guidance consists of the May 2011 CMS Stalcup memo and the September 2011 CMS memo regarding…

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What is a Medicare Set-Aside?

October 27, 2020 For many years, personal injury cases have been resolved without consideration of Medicare’s secondary payer status even though since 1980 all forms of liability insurance have been primary to Medicare. At settlement, by judgment or through an award, an injury victim would receive damages for future medical expenses that were Medicare-covered. However,…

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How the Advent of the Mandatory Insurer Requirement Causes Problems for Lawyers

October 13, 2020 As of April 1, 2011, a Responsible Reporting Entities/insurers (RRE), (liability insurer, self-insurer, no-fault insurer, and workers’ compensation carriers) must determine whether a claimant is a Medicare beneficiary (“entitled”) and if so, provide certain information to the secretary of Health and Human Services (hereinafter “secretary”) when the claim is resolved. This is…

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The Unregulated New Frontier of Medicare Set-Asides

September 29, 2020 Excerpt from The Art of Settlement Consider this scenario: you represent a current Medicare beneficiary in a third-party liability case. As part of the workup of the case, you determine the client will need future medical care related to the injuries suffered, and you settle the case. Since the client is a…

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Medicare Advantage Plans and Workers Compensation Medicare Set-Asides

March 25, 2020 B. Josh Pettingill We are oftentimes asked about injured workers who have a Medicare Advantage Plan (MAP) and if they still need to use their Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside (WCMSA) funds if the MAP will cover all their medical care. This brief post will explain Medicare’s position on this issue and then…

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Liability Medicare Set-Asides (LMSAs): Insurance Policy for All

March 12, 2020 B. Josh Pettingill This article highlights why a Medicare Set-Aside (MSA) should be viewed by all settlement parties as an insurance policy – nothing more, nothing less. Medicare Secondary Payer Compliance is not a scare tactic, nor is it something to be disregarded. Rather, addressing the MSP by analyzing the need for…

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Liability Medicare Set-Asides (LMSAs): Is It Time to Start Worrying?

B. Josh Pettingill For over a decade, there has been episodic activity from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Liability Medicare Set-Asides (LMSAs), including but not limited to, policy memorandums, Medicare Learning Network announcements, a notice of proposed rulemaking with subsequent withdrawal, an advanced notice of a notice of proposed rulemaking as well…

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WCMSAs and Non-Submit Programs

B. Josh Pettingill Many carriers are moving to “non-submit programs” using Evidence-Based MSAs as the driving force for the change[i]. Getting approval of a Medicare Set-Aside is never required by any law or statute. There are times when not submitting the Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside (WCMSA) makes sense in order to achieve a resolution. Most…

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The Interplay between Medicare and Medicaid for Injured Workers

Jason D. Lazarus, Esq. This blog post will discuss dual eligibility for injured workers.  It will address exactly what it is and how Medicaid coordinates with Medicare for those that are dual-eligible.  Finally, it will talk about the techniques to preserve Medicaid and Medicare. Some individuals are “dual eligible” meaning they qualify for both Medicaid…

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