Learn How to Protect Medicare’s Interest with FIG!
The Medicare Secondary Payer Act opened a new opportunity for nurses and medical providers. FIG will give you the proper training to take full advantage of this expanding area and assist with safeguarding funds to properly care for injured/ill clients.
In 1980, Congress created the Medicare Secondary Payer Act (MSP) in an effort to slow the rising cost of Medicare. The MSP prohibited Medicare from paying for medical treatment that was also covered by other insurers (workers’ compensation, liability, automobile, no-fault, or employer insurance). In these instances, Medicare becomes the ‘secondary payer’ for medical care. Between 1991 and 1998, Medicare paid nearly $40 billion for medical care in workers’ compensation cases where Medicare was the secondary payer. Medicare demands that their interest be taken into consideration when settling cases where the settlement funds include payment for future medical care. If not, Medicare can take legal action to recover funds and the Medicare benefits can be negatively impacted in the future. In certain cases, Medicare strongly recommends compliance of future related Medicare allowable medical care be set-aside from the settlement funds and Medicare to review/approve the adequacy of the amount. This is the conception of a Medicare Set-Aside (MSA). The MSA Allocation is a detailed report which determines future medical care and what is acceptable/covered by Medicare. During the settlement process, it is imperative that you understand when and how the case should be evaluated to assure Medicare’s interest has been taken into consideration.
FIG’s MSA education classes have been pre-approved by the International Commission on Health Care Certification (ICHCC) as meeting the educational requirements necessary to sit for the Medicare Set-Aside Consultant Certified (MSCC) exam or maintain the MSCC credentials.
FIG’s MSA classes provides learning in a virtual classroom. FIG’s virtual classroom is a cost effective method of learning. We have eliminated the airfare, travel, hotel, and meal costs. We have also reduced time away from work and family. Don’t be fooled – we have not eliminated the personal learning experience and interaction with an instructor. FIG’s virtual classroom includes video presentations, reviewing pertinent resources, reinforcement of learning through questionnaires and research, completion of task assignments, completion of sample MSA report that is peer reviewed, and interaction/mentorship with the experienced instructors who are MSCC certified. In an effort to be a good steward of the earth, a printed/hard copy of the course materials are not provided. However, students have the option of printing and downloading class materials from the virtual classroom.
FIG offers two Medicare Set-Aside classes:
Medicare Set-Asides Certification Class
In this 30 hour class, you will learn the history of Medicare, how to create a Medicare Set-Aside (MSA) report, complete a case study MSA report, and prepare for the Medicare Set-aside Certified Consultant (MSCC) certification exam.
*FIG students have the option of taking FIG’s MSA (30 hours) class onsite in beautiful Asheville, NC. If the live classroom option is chosen, the student will spend two days in a small round table learning environment with an instructor who is MSCC certified. Contact FIG (firstname.lastname@example.org) for our upcoming schedule on onsite dates.
Medicare Set-Asides Updates and Ethics Class
In this 5 hour class, you will learn about the most recent changes with CMS’ guidelines, address ethical issues within the MSA industry, and receive continuing education for the MSCC renewal.