MSAs submitted to CMS for review and approval can slow down the settlement process and at times bring it to a screeching halt if CMS issues a developmental letter requesting additional documentation to perform their review. In addition, obtaining the status of an MSA submitted for review can be a time consuming and frustrating process. As part of their commitment to try to improve efficiencies in the review system, CMS recently announced plans to move forward with the development of the Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside Portal (WCMSAP). The new portal, currently in pilot testing, is intended to improve efficiencies and WCMSA review turnaround times. As a result, this will hopefully improve the current delays surrounding settlements that seek CMS approval of MSAs.
The CMS Workers’ Compensation Agency Services website states that “This secure web portal will greatly improve the efficiency of the submission process for WCMSAs, including receipt of the proposal by its Workers’ Compensation Review Contractor (WCRC).”
The WCMSAP will allow attorneys, beneficiaries, claimants, insurance carriers, representative payees, and WCMSA vendors to:
- Create a work-in-progress case
- Submit WCMSA cases
- Perform case lookups
- Append documentation to a case
The WCMSAP will allow submitters of WCMSAs to directly enter case information, upload documentation, and receive case status information through the use of a secure web portal.