The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) confirmed yesterday that they are considering expanding their voluntary Medicare Set-Aside review process to include Liability Medicare Set-Asides (LMSAs) and no-fault insurance MSAs.
Here is the announcement as it appeared on the CMS website:
“June 8, 2016 – Consideration for Expansion of Medicare Set-Aside Arrangements (MSA)
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is considering expanding its voluntary Medicare Set-Aside Arrangements (MSA) amount review process to include the review of proposed liability insurance (including self-insurance) and no-fault insurance MSA amounts. CMS plans to work closely with the stakeholder community to identify how best to implement this potential expansion. CMS will provide future announcements of the proposal and expects to schedule town hall meetings later this year. Please continue to monitor this website for additional updates.”
This announcement is big news in the Medicare Set-Aside community, but not completely unexpected. In June 2012, CMS published an Advanced Notice of Public Rulemaking (ANPRM) in the Federal Register, seeking public comment on implementing formal LMSA reviews. The ANPRM received dozens of comments, including one from Medivest. However in October 2014, CMS withdrew its proposal because it failed to gain approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). At that time, CMS said that they would revisit LMSAs at a later time. It seems that time has come.
As we contemplated in an April 2016 blog, it looks like the delay in the WCRC contract bid, was in fact, caused by CMS considering expanding into LMSA reviews.
We will keep you informed as further developments unfold.