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Apr 2021

Governor Evers Signs New Amendments to the Wisconsin Workers’ Compensation Act

By David Victor     

  On April 27, 2021 Governor Evers signed into law SB Bill 11 (now 2021 Wisconsin Act 29) which made important changes to the Wisconsin Workers’ Compensation Act.  The new law reflects the following changes: Liability for PTSD for law enforcement and fire fighters (public safety officer) The new law makes changes to the conditions
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22
Apr 2021

Using the Workers’ Compensation Settlement Agreement to Frustrate Third-Party Recovery: An Analysis of Armstead v. National Freight, Inc.

By Anne-Marie Foster     

  A decision currently on appeal before the Illinois Supreme Court addresses a novel issue that may impact civil cases that also involve a workers’ compensation injury.  In Armstead v. National Freight, Inc., 2020 IL App (3d) 170777 (3rd Dist. 2020), plaintiff Clifton Armstead worked as a semi-truck driver for a Pennsylvania employer, Manfredi Mushroom
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03
Feb 2021

Answers by Amy

By Amy Bilton     

  QUESTION: Why would I do a Medicare Set-Aside when an individual has an alternative form of health insurance, whether that be through group health insurance after the age of 65 while working for the respondent-employer or through a spouse? It is important to look at the big picture.  Medicare is an entitlement program that
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03
Feb 2021

Surgery and the MSA – How to Exclude it, Hopefully

By William Delaney     

  One of the challenging tasks for MSA allocators is persuading CMS to exclude a surgical allocation when a future surgical procedure is mentioned in the medical record. Although the facts and circumstances of each case differ, three MSA allocations approved by CMS in 2020 provide guidance. As stated in §9.4.3 of the CMS Workers’
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03
Feb 2021

Updated WCMSA Reference Guide Provides Insight into Surgery Pricing

By Joseph Gregorio     

  On October 5, 2020, CMS released version 3.2 of its Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside (WCMSA) Reference Guide.  One of the changes provided further guidance on how the Workers’ Compensation Review Center (WCRC) prices surgical procedures in WCMSAs.  This is a welcomed step toward greater transparency in pricing of surgical procedures in CMS-approved WCMSAs.  We
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