CMS Releases WCMSA 2023 Fiscal Year Statistics

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by B. Smith

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the fiscal year statistics (2020 to 2023) for Workers Compensation Medicare Set-Asides (WCMSAs) submitted to CMS as part of the voluntary review process. The report can be found in the Downloads section of the Reports page on

Table 1: WCMSA Proposed Values, evidences a slight increase in the number of WCMSAs submitted to CMS for review in 2023. At a recent industry conference, CMS representatives commented on this change noting that they could not attribute it to a single factor. Of note in Table 2: WCRC Values is the increase in recommended changes CMS made to submitted WCMSA amounts. In 2022, CMS increased proposed allocations by 14.11%. In 2023, this increased significantly to 21.95%, representing a 7% jump from last year.

Although the fiscal year statistics provide limited data elements for review, they illustrate some of the frustration that can occur with counters from CMS, a trend that does not appear to be dissipating. It further illustrates why some organizations choose a non-submit, or certified program, to avoid WCMSA overfunding while reasonably considering Medicare’s interest. If submission to CMS is chosen by the parties, all potential mitigation options should be identified and pursued prior to submission to help avoid increased allocations.

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