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2011 Alphabet Soup: MSA, CMS, WCMSA, MSPRC, COBC, C&R, RRE, ORM, TPOC, EIEIO - The Latest in Medicare, Social Security and Your Large C&R in California

By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. Yes, so, the last one is a joke – Old MacDonald had a farm… We have recently traveled all over the country talking about and listening to the effect CMS has had on all of the stakeholders in the entire workers’ compensation community and not just in California...

Vermont Workers' Compensation Update: January to March 2011

Anne Noonan has been named the new Commissioner of the Department of Labor. Ms. Noonan has experience in the VT workers' compensation arena with her prior work with the VSEA. Mary Sarazin, formerly an attorney with Chip Powell's office, has taken a position with the Department as a Specialist...

Court Grants Hearing in LHWCA Settlement When CMS Declined to Review Case Within Its Thresholds

By Jennifer C. Jordan, Esq., General Counsel, MEDVAL, LLC Medicare set-asides have become an albatross for all insurers. And despite all their efforts to do exactly what CMS wants in the interest of protecting the Medicare Trust funds, CMS is constantly changing the rules or arbitrarily making random...

Experts Debate Need for Federal Standards to Guide Workers’ Compensation Systems

In the Spring 2012 edition of the IAIABC Journal , John F. Burton, Jr. J.D., Ph.D. , Gregory Krohm, Ph.D. , and Douglas J. Holmes, J.D. participated in a roundtable discussion of topics that included the relationship between the federal Social Security Disability (SSDI) program and state workers’...

Medicare Secondary Payer Law: 2013 in Review

I have come to realize that there are no easy solutions for the MSP problems we face in claims because the MSP is not the problem. Our MSP issues are collateral damage of more systemic societal problems we face as a nation. We clearly do not know how to treat chronic pain properly and instead have essentially...

Workers’ Compensation System Slammed for Poor Quality Health Care and Failure to Innovate

Thomas A. Robinson, J.D., the Feature National Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter , is a leading commentator and expert on the law of workers’ compensation. An important, but overlooked element associated with the swelling group of Americans permanently removed...