North Carolina Introduces Sweeping Opioid Legislation

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  • 8 March, 2017
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by Louise Esola, BusinessInsurance.com 3/3/2017 A joint-legislation bill introduced in North Carolina on Thursday would require doctors to prescribe opioids electronically and would limit prescriptions to a five-day supply, among a … Continue Reading →


Tidal Wave of Opioid Related Legislation Looms

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  • 15 February, 2017
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by Louise Esola, BusinessInsurance.com 2/15/2017 A few days after Pennsylvania’s opioid prescription law limiting emergency room prescriptions to seven days with no refills went into effect on Jan. 1, lawmakers in … Continue Reading →


Senate confirms Price as health secretary as ACA fight nears

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  • 10 February, 2017
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After Price, the Senate will turn to efforts to confirm Steven Mnuchin FEB 10, 2017 | BY ANNA EDNEY, ZACHARY TRACER, ARIT JOHN (Bloomberg) — The U.S. Senate confirmed Tom Price, a … Continue Reading →


Meet the New Acting Commissioner of Social Security

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  • 9 February, 2017
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Posted on February 9, 2017 by Nancy Berryhill, Acting Commissioner for Social Security On January 23, I became the acting commissioner of Social Security. That makes me responsible for overseeing … Continue Reading →


New Jersey may limit opioid prescribing

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  • 9 February, 2017
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by Louise Esola, BusinessInsurance.com 2/8/2017 The New Jersey General Assembly is slated to vote Thursday on legislation that would force sweeping changes in opioid prescribing among doctors in the state, … Continue Reading →


Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) will replace the SSN-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN)

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  • 3 February, 2017
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by Karen Ingle The Social Security Number Replacement Initiative (SSNRI) is officially underway. This Initiative came from the MACR Act of 2015. According to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization … Continue Reading →


Colorado Bill would cover injured workers of uninsured employers

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  • 27 January, 2017
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by: Kristen Beckman, BusinessInsurance.com A Colorado bill seeks to establish a fund that would cover claims for workers injured while working for employers who do not carry workers compensation insurance. … Continue Reading →


LMSA Timeline, Potential WCMSA Re-Review Increase and Current Status of The WCRC

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  • 24 January, 2017
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by Lori Socha, RN, BBA, MPS, CMSP Items noted in WCRC Review Contractor Solicitation Notice Liability Medicare Set-Asides change timeline CMS seems willing to table LMSAs for at least the next … Continue Reading →


CMS Recovery Practice Ruled Improper under the MSP

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  • 11 January, 2017
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AUTHOR:MARK POPOLIZIO In an important new case—CIGA v. Burwell, 2017 WL 58821 (C.D. California, January 5, 2017)—the court ruled that the CMS practice of seeking full reimbursement of a medical … Continue Reading →


2017 CMS to revisit the “Re-Review” of otherwise approved WCMSA

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  • 21 December, 2016
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently revisited the task of reviewing its process for addressing requests for CMS to “re-review” otherwise approved Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside Arrangement (WCMSA) … Continue Reading →


CMS Announces Change in Reporting Thresholds

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  • 16 December, 2016
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Medicare Secondary Payer Mandatory Reporting Provisions in Section 111 of the Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 (See 42 U.S.C. 1395y(b)(7)&(b)(8)) Change in Reporting Thresholds for Certain Liability … Continue Reading →


Dealing with the Horrific…More states are offering workers’ comp benefits to first responders suffering from post-traumatic stress.

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  • 14 December, 2016
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By: Katie Kuehner-Hebert | December 14, 2016 • 7 min read  More states are offering workers’ comp benefits to first responders suffering from post-traumatic stress. More and more states are … Continue Reading →


2017 Change in Reporting Thresholds

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  • 13 December, 2016
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CMS-Alert-12.16.16 TPOC Changes December 12, 2016 Medicare Secondary Payer Mandatory Reporting Provisions in Section 111 of the Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 (See 42 U.S.C. 1395y(b)(7)&(b)(8)) Change … Continue Reading →


Federal bill could ease Medicare Part D reimbursements

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  • 20 October, 2016
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By Louise Esola 10/17/2016 2:12:00 PM A federal bill could help make it easier for workers compensation payers to determine how much they must pay to reimburse Medicare Part D … Continue Reading →


CMS Updates Medicare Secondary Payer Recovery Portal

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  • 19 October, 2016
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AUTHOR:SHAWN DEANE On October 11, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new, updated version of the Medicare Secondary Payer Recovery Portal (MSPRP) User Guide. A … Continue Reading →


Opioids and the Injured Worker

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  • 19 October, 2016
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Like föra cost containment, IWPharmacy is working to bring attention to the epidemic of opioid use in the Workers’ Compensation arena. IWPharmacy has published a white paper titled “Opioids and the … Continue Reading →


Medically Speaking – Marijuana and Pain Management White Paper

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  • 18 October, 2016
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Marijuana and Pain Management  Robert Goldberg, MD, FACOEM, Chief Medical Officer, Healthesystems “Are physicians ready to embrace this brave new world of medical marijuana? Recent developments in the legalization of … Continue Reading →


Conditional payment disputes mired in Medicare appeals backlog

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  • 11 October, 2016
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AUTHOR:SHAWN DEANE Insurers seeking appeals of adverse conditional payment decisions are finding that their cases are dragging, thanks to a major backlog of pending Medicare appeal requests. The Strengthening Medicare … Continue Reading →


A False Choice

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  • 10 October, 2016
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In working with our clients in states where marijuana is legalized for medical and/or recreational use, there is a fair amount of concern and discussion. We are watching this closely … Continue Reading →


Conditional payment disputes mired in Medicare appeals backlog

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  • 10 October, 2016
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AUTHOR:SHAWN DEANE Insurers seeking appeals of adverse conditional payment decisions are finding that their cases are dragging, thanks to a major backlog of pending Medicare appeal requests. The Strengthening Medicare … Continue Reading →


NGHP Alert – New EXCLUDED Diagnosis Codes

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  • 28 September, 2016
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Financial Services Group                                                       … Continue Reading →


MSP Statute Extends Its Reach in the 11th Circuit: Foreshadowing for Liability MSAs?

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  • 18 August, 2016
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AUTHOR:KATE RIORDAN AUGUST 18, 2016 In our first blog post on this topic, we outlined the new and emerging risks and complications presented by Medicare Advantage Plans (MAPs). As previously … Continue Reading →


Removing Impediments to Settlements: Conditional Payments in Liability Claims

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  • 16 August, 2016
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AUTHOR:SHAWN DEANE  AUGUST 16, 2016 While the Commercial Repayment Center’s (CRC) conditional payment process has received a lot of coverage in the last eight months, its collections apply only to … Continue Reading →


Breaking News: 11th Circuit Rules Medicare Advantage Plans Can Sue in Federal Court

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  • 12 August, 2016
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AUTHOR:MARTIN CASSAVOY AUGUST 12, 2016 In a broad ruling released on August 8, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals expanded the rights of Medicare Advantage Organizations (MAOs) to use Federal … Continue Reading →


Medicare announces participants in effort to improve access, quality of care in rural areas

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  • 5 August, 2016
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 4, 2016 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the participants in the … Continue Reading →


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