There was nothing earth shattering from the Workers’ Compensation Review Contract (WCRC) webinar/conference call last week introducing Capitol Bridge, LLC (Capitol Bridge) as the new WCRC MSA review contractor that will begin reviewing proposed Medicare Set-Aside (MSA) submissions for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) beginning March 19, 2018. The call focused on Workers’ Compensation MSA (WCMSA) reviews and no questions were fielded, and therefore, no new information was provided, regarding potential Liability MSA (LMSA) or No Fault MSA (NFMSA) reviews.
Capitol Bridge takes over the WCRC as CMS’s MSA review contractor beginning March 19, 2018.
The computer user interface through the web portal will be the same as before.
The mailing address will also be the same as in the past, but the phone, fax and e-mail beginning March 19, 2018 will be as follows:
Fax: 585-425-5390 (sounded like this method was discouraged)
Timeframes for reviews and re-reviews are projected to remain the same with a 10-day period from submission for Capitol Bridge to request additional documentation and a 20-day period from receipt of all required documentation for a MSA review decision to be transmitted to a party proposing a MSA allocation.
The acceptance date is still the submission date regardless of the method of submission (CMS web portal, BCRC P.O. Box, facsimile transmission).
One sign that Capitol Bridge Bridge intends to make the review process more efficient is that that there will no longer be a limit to the number of cases that a person may speak to a Capitol Bridge representative about on a single call. A Capitol Bridge representative also mentioned that it intends to use automation to help streamline and improve its MSA review process.
CMS review policy questions should be submitted to CMS and not Capitol Bridge.
No policy changes regarding review of MSAs were announced and it was mentioned that the current WCMSA Reference Guide (version 2.6) is not changing. Therefore, submission of any MSA for review will continue to be a voluntary process. The Request for Proposal (RFP) for this new WCRC MSA review contract called for centralized review of all MSA’s (previously only WCMSA reviews were centralized) so this will likely lead to more efficiency regarding the more commonly reviewed WCMSAs, as well as consistency with LMSA and NFMSA reviews (previously left to the discretion of CMS Regional Offices), once they get underway. Stay tuned for information on how often LMSAs or NFMSAs are reviewed by Capitol Bridge in the future. While it was not mentioned on the call, you might find this CMS website information on common MSA submission errors and hints helpful when considering submission of MSAs to CMS.