The mandatory insurer reporting program instituted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has received quite a bit of attention among practitioners in the liability and workers compensation cases. On The Landy Law Letter, host John L. Torvi, from the Herbert H. Landy Insurance Agency of Needham, Massachusetts welcomes Attorney Michael E. Civittolo from Lawrence & Associates, to take a look at Medicare Secondary Compliance and how to avoid pitfalls in your legal cases. They discuss some of the issues to be concerned about with MSP compliance and the importance of to complying with MSP laws.
A Medicare Set-Aside (MSA) is the expected amount of money that Medicare would normally pay for medical and prescription drug expenses for a Workers’ Compensation or a third-party injury. On Ringler Radio, host Larry Cohen welcomes colleague Cindy Chanley, to talk about Medicare set-asides and the need to become familiar with the Medicare process. Larry and Cindy chat about when Medicare set-asides come into play during the settlement process, how MSA’s are funded and the relationship between Medicare set-asides on the Medicare side, and the whole area of Medicaid.
The complexities of dealing with Medicare issues when resolving Workers’ Compensation and Liability Claims is a growing challenge for all parties involved in the claim resolution process. There’s help with that and more. In this edition of Ringler Radio, host Larry Cohen looks at the newly formed subsidiary of Ringler Associates, called Ringler Medicare Solutions, Inc. with President, David L. Hays. They explore the world of Medicare, workers compensation and liability claims, what lawyers and adjusters need to know and the advantages to the client.
In many workers’ comp cases, claimants wrongly assume that Medicare should pay their medical expenses instead of their Medicare Set‑Aside account. And this mistake could lead to some serious and sometimes financially disastrous consequences. Ringler Radio host, Larry Cohen welcomes Mike Westcott, the new president of the National Alliance of Medicare Set‑Aside Professionals, to discuss how to handle these workers’ comp issues, explore some of the workers’ comp and Medicare Set‑Aside concerns and look at impending liability issues.
In the second edition of this two-part series on Forensic Economics, we take a look at a cost of illness study (COI) in comparison to a life care plan often used in plaintiff cases. Ringler Radio host, Larry Cohen welcomes John E. Scarbrough, Ph.D., President of Litigation Analytics Inc., who has over 25 years experience analyzing economic loss in cases involving personal injury and wrongful death. Larry and John examine real life cases and look at what happens when overstating cost of illness and explore how Medicare set-asides new rules could affect these life care plans.
Medicare set-asides and the new CMS rules regarding the liability side of the house will take effect in July 2009. Ringler Radio host, Larry Cohen and co-host, Joan Pagnano, head of the Braintree, Massachusetts Ringler offices, revisit this hot topic with Peter Foley, Vice President of Claims Administration for the American Insurance Association, to explore next steps after the new rules take effect. They will discuss Peter’s role as liason to CMS, how these new rules may affect settlements and the insurance industry and get a structured settlement perspective on how to educate plaintiff attorneys about these new rules.
Establishing a medicare setaside trust can be a daunting task. Join Ringler Radio host, Larry Cohen, head of NE Operations, and Ringler Associate Tom Murray from the New York office as we turn to the experts to discuss what you need to know and how the process works. Attorney Jay Sangerman, who practices in the areas of trusts, supplemental needs trusts and estates and elder law in New York, lends his expertise along with Ray Blanchfield, Assistant Vice President with American Re-Insurance in Princeton, NJ. Our go-to experts explain the necessary coordination with the government and a typical real-life case for medicare setasides. This show is the best place to hear the facts on MSA’s!
WORKERS COMP MATTERS, hosted by Attorney Alan S. Pierce focuses on the issues relating to people who have been hurt at work. On this show, we discuss medicare set-aside allocations in workers comp cases and what you need to know for your clients on this complex issue. Special guest for the show is Jean Feldman, Senior Vice President of Care Management Operations for CHOICE Medical Management in Tampa and author of ‘Navigating the Murky Waters of Medicare Set-Asides’ in the Journal of Workers Compensation. And don’t forget to guess the outcome of the “Case of the Day’ at the end of the show!