ALJ Hearing Assignment Suspension

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As some of you may be aware, the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) has recently announced that it temporarily suspended the assignment of most new requests for Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) hearings, as of July 15, 2013, due to the agency’s existing workload. OMHA anticipates that assignments of most new requests for hearings to an ALJ may be delayed for up to 28 months.

Recently, on January 3, 2014, OMHA published a Notice of Meeting in the Federal Register (“Notice”), announcing an OMHA Medicare Appellant Forum on February 12, 2014. Among other things, OMHA states that the purpose of the meeting is to provide updates to OMHA appellants on the status of OMHA operations and growing backlog in the processing of Medicare appeals. The Notice explains that...

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