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WCRI’s Baseline for Evaluating Impact of North Carolina’s 2011 Workers’ Comp Reforms: A Measuring Stick That Falls Short
Posted on 24 Feb 2012 by Vernon R. Sumwalt

By Vernon Sumwalt WCRI’s “ Baseline for Evaluating Impact of 2011 Reforms in North Carolina: CompScope™ Benchmarks, 12th Edition ” (the “WCRI study”) tries to provide a measuring stick to evaluate the 2011 amendments... Read More

Fifteen Years Since the Patel Memo and Medical Secondary Payer Issues Continue to Mystify
Posted on 8 Aug 2016 by Jennifer Jordan

Every year we take the time to update The Complete Guide to Medicare Secondary Payer Compliance and it always forces me to reflect on how much Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) compliance has changed over the years, yet so much stays the same. Yes, we find... Read More

NCCI Research Brief on Medicare Set-Asides and Workers' Compensation
Posted on 21 Sep 2014 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

NCCI has recently examined the demographics related to MSAs (distributions of amounts of MSAs and total settlements that include MSAs; distributions of ages of claimants) and the aspects of the CMS review process (length of time from submission to CMS... Read More

California: Medicare Settlement Agreements: The Perils of Unanticipated Problems After Settlement
Posted on 17 Apr 2017 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

What exactly is the role of the WCAB, not to mention the parties to the C&R, in addressing unanticipated problems that come up with an MSA after settlement? In Muniz Villalpando v. Doherty Brothers , 2017 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS --, the WCAB... Read More

Thomas A. Robinson on 2011 Year in Review: Top 10 Issues in Workers’ Compensation Law
Posted on 31 Jan 2012 by Thomas A. Robinson

In this LexisNexis Emerging Issues Analysis article, Thomas A. Robinson analyzes the top 10 workers’ compensation events for 2011, with an eye to the hot button issues for 2012. > You can purchase the article at the LexisNexis Bookstore . ... Read More

No Boundaries – RIMS 2012 Annual Conference & Exhibition
Posted on 12 Apr 2012 by Jennifer Jordan

By Jennifer C. Jordan, Esq. The annual conference held by the Risk and Insurance Management Society is being held April 15 through April 18 at the Philadelphia Convention Center and, as always, is anticipated to be the biggest gathering of insurance... Read More

Love It or Hate It: Medicare Secondary Payer Enforcement Is Here to Stay
Posted on 2 Aug 2012 by Jennifer Jordan

By Jennifer C. Jordan, Esq. Progress is the theme of this year’s update to The Complete Guide to Medicare Secondary Payer Compliance , 2012 Edition (available in October; see special offer below). Nothing has improved so much that people don’t... Read More

California WCMSA: Separate Settlements for Each Claim - The Benson Case
Posted on 5 Nov 2012 by Robert G. Rassp, Esq.

By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. Appellate review of California Labor Code Sections 4663 and 4664 on apportionment has mandated that physicians provide in their conclusions with reasonable medical probability approximately what percentage of permanent disability... Read More

Four Reasons to Avoid the CMS Approval Process for MSAs
Posted on 1 Feb 2012 by Teddy Snyder

By Teddy Snyder, Esq., Ringler Associates - Beverly Hills, CA 1. MMSEA reporting makes approval unnecessary for Medicare beneficiaries. Reporting under the Medicare, Medicaid and S-Chip Extension Act, aka “section 111 reporting”, started... Read More

Determining Medicare Status - Assessing CMS’ Query Process System in the Bigger Picture of MSP Compliance
Posted on 24 Jan 2012 by Mark Popolizio, Esquire

By Mark Popolizio, Esquire, Section 111 Senior Legal Counsel, Crowe Paradis Services Corporation Determining a claimant’s Medicare status is an integral part in evaluating one’s compliance obligations under the Medicare Secondary Payer Statute... Read More

Illinois Court Permits Ex-Wife to Take a Percentage of MSA Account as Part of Divorce Action
Posted on 11 Apr 2012 by Mark Popolizio, Esquire

By: Mark Popolizio, Esquire, Crowe Paradis Services Corporation In the case of In re Marriage of Washkowiak , 2012 Ill. App. Lexis 151 (Ill. App. 3 Dist., March 7, 2012) the Illinois Appellate Court ruled that a claimant’s former wife was entitled... Read More

How California Handles the WCMSA Process
Posted on 29 Dec 2011 by Robert G. Rassp, Esq.

There is a garden industry that has emerged since 1997 in California of companies who have become “WCMSA specialists”, promoting themselves as experts in developing WCMSA proposals that will pass muster with CMS. Most workers’ compensation... Read More

Thomas A. Robinson on 2011 Year in Review: Top 10 Issues in Workers’ Compensation Law
Posted on 31 Jan 2012 by Thomas A. Robinson

In this LexisNexis Emerging Issues Analysis article, Thomas A. Robinson analyzes the top 10 workers’ compensation events for 2011, with an eye to the hot button issues for 2012. > You can purchase the article at the LexisNexis Bookstore .... Read More

Four Reasons to Avoid the CMS Approval Process for MSAs
Posted on 1 Feb 2012 by Teddy Snyder

By Teddy Snyder, Esq., Ringler Associates - Beverly Hills, CA 1. MMSEA reporting makes approval unnecessary for Medicare beneficiaries. Reporting under the Medicare, Medicaid and S-Chip Extension Act, aka “section 111 reporting”, started... Read More

No Boundaries – RIMS 2012 Annual Conference & Exhibition
Posted on 12 Apr 2012 by Jennifer Jordan

By Jennifer C. Jordan, Esq. The annual conference held by the Risk and Insurance Management Society is being held April 15 through April 18 at the Philadelphia Convention Center and, as always, is anticipated to be the biggest gathering of insurance... Read More