Medicare to Deny Payment for Services Related to MSAs in Liability Settlements

Although there is still no official procedure for submitting Liability Medicare Set-Aside Arrangements (LMSAs) to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for review and approval, CMS announced in a written release to physicians and medical providers/suppliers that, effective October 1, 2017, it intends to deny payment for services under diagnosis codes associated with…

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Change in North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Procedure: Insurance Carriers No Longer Allowed to File Motion Pleadings at Commission

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Industrial Commission Executive Secretary Meredith Henderson announced this week that beginning Monday, September 18, 2017, the Commission will no longer accept motion filings or motion responses from adjusters or insurance carriers.  Documents the Commission will no longer accept from adjusters include Form 24s, and responses to Form 23s, Form 28Us and Form 18Ms, as well…

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‘I don’t need no stinkin’ expert!’ (Yes. You do.)

Following North Carolina’s July 2017 legislative change to the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act, one might have put aside concerns over Wilkes v City of Greenville; resting assured that the slippery slope within NC Workers’ Compensation claims as to compensability of late-reported and or ‘new’ injury conditions remained merely that, a slippery slope, rather than…

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Partner Henry Gorham Announces His Retirement

Effective December 31, 2017, named partner Henry W. Gorham will begin a well-deserved retirement, while remaining in an advisory role as “Of Counsel” for the firm.  As one of the founding members of Teague Campbell Dennis & Gorham, LLP, Henry has been actively involved in shaping the legal landscape in North Carolina and is revered…

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Equal Pay: The Next Big Issue

The last two years have seen rapid changes in equal pay legislation, and the nation-wide trend of enacting and amending equal pay legislation to provide greater protection for employees, and impose increased obligations on employers, is showing no signs of slowing. With equal pay legislation trending across the country, employers can expect to see a…

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