MSP Compliance Blog

Expert summary, analysis and recommendations on issues impacting Medicare Secondary Payer compliance.

Tower is Here to Help

Posted on March 24, 2020 by Tower MSA

I hope you, your family and coworkers are safe and, like all of us, learning to adjust to a new personal and work environment in this worldwide effort to control the spread of coronavirus.  We realize that Medicare Secondary Payer…

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CMS’s Revised Consent to Release Form Becomes Mandatory April 1

Posted on March 18, 2020 by Tower MSA

As of April 1, 2020, submissions of Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Asides (WCMSAs) must include CMS’s revised Consent to Release form.  The form indicates that the need and process for the WCMSA have been explained to the injured worker, and that…

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Significant Drop in Meloxicam Price Yields MSA Reductions

Posted on March 11, 2020 by Tower MSA

The price of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) Meloxicam took a major nosedive from $2.78 per pill to $0.05 per pill for 7.5 mg and $4.25 to $0.05 for 15 mg.  Meloxicam (Brand name: Mobic) is commonly used to treat osteoarthritic…

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Medicare Covers Acupuncture for Chronic Low Back Pain

Posted on February 6, 2020 by Tower MSA

After needling from the medical community, in a sharply written January 21, 2020 decision memo, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) got right to the point in announcing Medicare will now cover acupuncture for chronic low back pain. …

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How Do You Know Your MSP Compliance Data is Secure?

Posted on January 29, 2020 by Tower MSA

Understanding and Preventing Cybersecurity Threats February 19, 2 PM ET Minnesota Hospital Breach Impacts Personal and Medical Data of 50,000 Patients A Billion Medical Images Exposed, but Doctors Ignore Warnings Names, Social Security Numbers Exposed in Moss Adams Breach These…

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Tower’s Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) Compliance Countdown

Posted on December 19, 2019 by Tower MSA

As we come to the end of 2019, put on your party hats, toot your horns and clink your champagne glasses, as we introduce Tower’s MSP Compliance Countdown.  The MSP Compliance Countdown provides a quick summary of, in our opinion,…

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CMS to Hold Town Hall on Medicare Conditional Payment Matters

Posted on December 9, 2019 by Tower MSA

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced a town hall “to discuss common Commercial Repayment Center (CRC) NGHP ORM Recovery topics.”  The town hall will be held on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 (There is a typo in…

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