I recently attended the annual NAMSAP (National Alliance of Medicare Set-Aside Professionals) Conference along with Amy Bilton and Bill Delaney. The Conference’s agency keynote speaker was Jacqueline Cipa, the Deputy Director, Division of Medicare Secondary Payer Program Operations from CMS. Ms. Cipa discussed the Medicare Secondary Payer recovery process and answered questions from the audience on related topics. This was followed by a lively discussion between Amy Bilton and Rear Admiral Pamela Schweitzer, former Chief Pharmacy Officer of the U. S. Public Health Service on the opioid epidemic, opioid projection methodology in the WCMSA and potential solutions. Ted Doyle of Performant Financial, the Commercial Repayment Center (CRC) contractor, and his colleagues also joined the conference via Skype for a Question and Answer session. He and his team shared information on their recent transition to the CRC position as well as appropriate methods for escalating issues in cases. CMS’ presence and participation in the annual Conference suggests a willingness to improve communication and foster greater cooperation between the various stakeholders in the MSP compliance arena.
Other highlights of the Conference included panel discussions on the liability MSA, Special Needs Trusts, Medicaid, conditional payment recovery dispute strategies, Medicare Advantage Plan reimbursements, as well as MSA cost Mitigation strategies. Speakers also engaged the audience in discussions of the new Workers’ Compensation Review Contractor, trend spotting and data analysis.
The Nyhan Bambrick Kinzie & Lowry team of MSP compliance attorneys is actively involved in NAMSAP, serving on the Executive Board, the Board of Directors and Advisory Committee. We also participate in the Communications, Data Development, Evidence Based Medicine, and Liability committees. Through our work with NAMSAP, we are at the forefront of efforts to improve the MSP compliance process. Additional information regarding the Conference is available upon request.