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29
Jul 2020

Uncertain Surgery Costs: A Call for Transparency in WCMSA Pricing of Allocated Surgeries

By Joseph Gregorio     

  One of the most significant cost-drivers in MSAs can be surgeries.  In addition to CMS becoming more aggressive in allocating for surgeries, we have recently seen the costs of these procedures increase as well.  This brings back not-so-fond memories from a few years ago when CMS began including urine drug screens in MSAs where
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29
Jul 2020

The Importance of Teamwork

By Michelle Hitsch     

  At NBKL, we pride ourselves in our ability to take teamwork to the next level, and in a recent MSA case, we put this teamwork to the test.  The case involved a complex injury with multiple reconstructive surgeries and significant ongoing care, but our client was only able to provide limited medical records. With
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15
Jul 2020

Medicare Secondary Payer Recovery Portal Enhancements

By Rasa Fumagalli     

  The Medicare Secondary Payer Recovery Portal improvements were rolled out on July 13, 2020. New features provide authorized users with access to information regarding the status of the Ongoing Responsibility for Medical report as well as the ability to view and print correspondence in a case. Although the ICD codes associated with the conditional
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01
Jul 2020

Liability MSAs – Are They Really Coming to a Town Near You???

By Amy Bilton     

  The Office of Management and Budget recently updated the timing for the release of the long-awaited proposed rule addressing liability, no-fault and workers’ compensation settlements. According to the updated publication, the rule seeks to clarify that an individual or Medicare beneficiary must satisfy Medicare’s interests with respect to future medical items and services related
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30
Jun 2020

Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission Transitions to Electronic Filing System

By William Lowry, Jr.     

  The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission is transitioning to a fully electronic filing system. The Commission is implementing this new system in phases until parties are able to make all submissions to the Commission electronically. Phase One will consist of electronic settlement contract submission.  The conversion to the electronic system will take place following Commission-facilitated
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