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Professional Medicare Set-Aside Administration; Does it Help to Relieve Injured Worker’s Administrative Burdens?

Article submitted by Jean S. Goldstein, JD, Senior Legal Counsel, MSP Compliance, MEDVAL Last July, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a revised Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside (WCMSA) Reference Guide.  This guide is essentially the go-to-resource, for everything WCMSA related when choosing to submit a WCMSA to CMS through its voluntary review…
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Opioid Limits on Prescribing – Has the Pendulum Swung Too Far?

I don’t need to quote statistics on opioid misuse disorder to set the tone for this article.  That’s a good thing I guess; it must mean our overall awareness of the topic is current. When I first started talking about this topic at conferences, about 70% of my presentation would be on the statistics regarding…
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Adopting a Societal Approach to RTW and Return to Function

The IAIABC Disability Management and Return to Work Committee (an all-volunteer committee) formulated a paper titled, “Return To Work: A Foundational Approach To Return To Function” Founded in 1914, the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions is a not-for-profit association representing most of the government agencies charged with administration of workers’ compensation systems throughout…
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The True Impact of Case Management

This week I have been working on CompAlliance’s re-accreditation for Utilization and Case Management, and as a result have been examining in detail our processes, protocols and procedures.  It made me think of an article I recently read on LinkedIn by someone who performs file reviews and analysis for their workers’ compensation clients, after the…
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Is There Evidence for Medical Cannabinoid Use in Children?

  As you may know I present at conferences regularly on opioids and marijuana and their implications in the workplace.  One of the statements I make during these talks applies to the need for research into the evidence of efficacy, dosage, type, etc.  of medical marijuana.   If you had asked me 5 years ago,…
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When is Redundancy a Good Thing?

I was reading an article today about the scarcity of IV fluids due to the natural disasters we have encountered this past year. Apparently one of the major suppliers of IV fluids manufactures these items in Puerto Rico and due to the recent hurricanes, the ability to manufacture these fluids has been greatly affected. One…
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Julie Weir, Senior VP at CompAlliance Interviewed at the KS DOL Conference

CompAlliance is always honored to support and exhibit at the KS Department of Labor Conference every year. This year, Julie was interviewed at our booth and asked to describe the services we provide for the Midwest region. Here is a link to the interview. For more information about CompAlliance and our exciting expansion into the…
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Talking About the Opioid Epidemic

I am always honored when an organization asks me to speak on the Opioid Epidemic.  I am not a professional speaker by any means.  I don’t travel around the country speaking at conference after conference on this topic. I mainly speak at the regional or local level, with a sprinkling of national venues. My main…
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What did I learn from the Solar Eclipse today?

I usually only write about workers’ compensation topics and for sure, I NEVER get political on our company blog or twitter account. Today however, I am going to venture out of my comfort zone, and most likely I am going to stumble a bit as I try to express what is in my heart after listening…
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