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

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) would provide for improved [...]

By |July 27th, 2018|Categories: Workers' Compensation|Comments Off on Support for Legislation to Improve Administration of Medicare with Workers’ Compensation Grows

Whitehouse Proposes to Consolidate the Departments of Labor and Education

On June 21, 2018 the White House released its  “Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century Reform Plan and Reorganization Recommendations” See https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Government-Reform-and-Reorg-Plan.pdf The proposal seeks to organize parts of the federal government with a new alignment designed to eliminate duplication, enhance efficiency and improve service delivery. To be implemented, the proposal would require a comprehensive legislative overhaul through multiple [...]

By |June 25th, 2018|Categories: Unemployment Insurance|Comments Off on Whitehouse Proposes to Consolidate the Departments of Labor and Education

Senators Portman and Nelson Introduce WCMSA Reform Legislation S 3079

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 staff.  The legislation would [...]

By |June 20th, 2018|Categories: Workers' Compensation, Workers' Compensation Archive|Comments Off on Senators Portman and Nelson Introduce WCMSA Reform Legislation S 3079

Longshore Final Rule Defining Minimum and Maximum Compensation Filed

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. However, in recognition of [...]

By |April 19th, 2018|Categories: Workers' Compensation|Comments Off on Longshore Final Rule Defining Minimum and Maximum Compensation Filed

NAMSAP: CMS’s MSA Policy Institutionalizes Opioid Abuse

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 of the Federal government [...]

By |April 19th, 2018|Categories: Workers' Compensation|Comments Off on NAMSAP: CMS’s MSA Policy Institutionalizes Opioid Abuse

UWC Asks Congress to Follow Workers’ Comp Opioid Reforms

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 to assure consistency in [...]

By |March 15th, 2018|Categories: Workers' Compensation|Comments Off on UWC Asks Congress to Follow Workers’ Comp Opioid Reforms

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