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Support for Legislation to Improve Administration of Medicare with Workers’ Compensation Grows

By |2018-07-27T21:23:55+00:00July 27th, 2018|Categories: Workers' Compensation|

The coalition supporting legislation to improve administration of Medicare with Workers’ Compensation (S 3079) which was introduced in the Senate on June 18th applauds the introduction of the Medicare Secondary Payer and Workers’ Compensation Settlement Agreements Act in the House by Representatives Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Mike Thompson (D-CA) https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/6619?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22HR+6619%22%5D%7D&r=1 . The proposed legislation (HR 6619) [...]

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Senators Portman and Nelson Introduce WCMSA Reform Legislation S 3079

By |2018-06-20T02:37:02+00:00June 20th, 2018|Categories: Workers' Compensation, Workers' Compensation Archive|

On June 18, 2018 Senators Portman (R-OH) and Nelson (D-FL) introduced legislation (S 3079)  to provide specific statutory guidance to CMS in its review of Workers’ Compensation Set Aside determinations. The bill is the product of discussions with representatives of all the primary stakeholders in the workers’ compensation system, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and congressional [...]

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Longshore Final Rule Defining Minimum and Maximum Compensation Filed

By |2018-04-19T18:42:57+00:00April 19th, 2018|Categories: Workers' Compensation|

On April 19, 2018 the US Department of Labor published the Final rule addressing the determination of minimum and maximum compensation under the Longshore Act. See https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-19/pdf/2018-08133.pdf The rule finalizes the Department’s interpretation after receiving comments, including comments from UWC. The USDOL has chosen not to change its interpretation from 2016 in deference to case law. [...]

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NAMSAP: CMS’s MSA Policy Institutionalizes Opioid Abuse

By |2018-04-24T14:10:13+00:00April 19th, 2018|Categories: Workers' Compensation|

In a press release the National Alliance of Medicare Set-aside Professionals  (NAMSAP) claimed that the policies of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) "Institutionalized Opioid Abuse". "The Medicare Set-Aside program of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services “encourages, intensifies and effectively orders long-term opioid use and abuse by Medicare beneficiaries. While the rest [...]

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UWC Asks Congress to Follow Workers’ Comp Opioid Reforms

By |2018-03-21T20:32:46+00:00March 15th, 2018|Categories: Workers' Compensation|

In a letter to the Committee on Ways and Means of the US House of Representatives, UWC requested that the committee take note of state efforts to address opioid overuse among injured employees through a number of initiatives such as evidence-based treatment guidelines, closed formularies and system monitoring. UWC further recommended that the committee consider measures [...]

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President Trump’s FY 2019 Budget Summary: Part II

By |2018-02-14T16:26:46+00:00February 14th, 2018|Categories: Workers' Compensation|

President Trump's FY 2019 Budget would eliminate workers' compensation reverse offsets and reform the Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA) Eliminate Workers’ Compensation Reverse Offset The budget proposes the elimination of the Workers’ Compensation Reverse Offset against Social Security, estimating a savings over the ten years ending FY 2028 of $207 million. This proposal has been an [...]

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Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 Repeals Expanded Medicaid Priority

By |2018-02-12T19:50:28+00:00February 9th, 2018|Categories: Workers' Compensation|Tags: , |

President Trump Signs the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 on February 9, 2018 The Act includes a repeal of language that would have expanded the authority of Medicaid State plans to seek recovery for items and services covered under Medicaid from third party payments even when the third party payments were not related to the items [...]

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Harvill Recognized for Leadership in Unemployment and Workers’ Compensation Policy and Legislation

By |2017-12-15T03:02:01+00:00October 31st, 2017|Categories: Unemployment Insurance, Workers' Compensation|

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 1, 2017 – Kelly Services Vice President Matt Harvill was recognized by the national association representing business in unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation law and policy. Matt Harvill served as Chairman of UWC – Strategic Services on Unemployment & Workers’ Compensation (UWC) for more than 13 years (2003 to 2016). He is the [...]

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2017 State Workers’ Comp. Fiscal Data Research Bulletin Available

By |2017-12-15T17:48:24+00:00October 10th, 2017|Categories: Workers' Compensation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The annual Workers’ Compensation Fiscal Data Research Bulletin showing state workers’ compensation system payments and costs from 2006 to 2015 is now available for purchase. The fiscal bulletin shows the continued  economic expansion and trend toward lower benefit cost rates. The number of covered workers in all states increased from 129.9 million in 2014 to 132.4 million for [...]

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PA Supreme Court Finds Delegation to Most Recent AMA Guides Unconstitutional

By |2017-12-15T17:50:44+00:00July 27th, 2017|Categories: Workers' Compensation|Tags: |

On June 20th , the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that Section 306(a.2) violated the non -delegation doctrine and that Section 306(a.2) is unconstitutional in its entirety. The section of the PA code held to be unconstitutional provides: The degree of impairment shall be determined based upon an evaluation by a physician who is licensed in this [...]

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