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Senate Finance Committee May Tackle Medicare Appeals Backlog

by King & Spalding on

According to Kimberly Brandt, Chief Oversight Counsel for the Senate Finance Committee’s majority staff, the Senate Finance Committee could reintroduce the Audit & Appeals Fairness, Integrity, and Reforms in Medicare Act of...more

HHS Final Rule on Medicare Coverage Determination Appeals Process Takes Effect

by King & Spalding on

HHS’s final rule revising procedures for ALJ and Medicare Appeals Council level appeals, announced on January 17, 2017, took effect on March 20, 2017....more

Health Care E-Note - Februaury 2017

by Burr & Forman on

Ransomware: A Reportable Breach? In the past several years, a huge increase has occurred in the number of electronic attacks in the United States using ransomware, a form of malware that targets and encrypts critical...more

HHS Finalizes Appeals Backlog Rule in Wake of Judicial Order

by Polsinelli on

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a Final Rule aimed at reducing and eventually eliminating the backlog of more than 650,000 claims currently awaiting adjudication by an administrative law judge...more

HHS Publishes Final Rule Overhauling the Medicare Appeals Process

by Baker Ober Health Law on

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published its final rule revamping the Medicare appeals process at the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) level on January 17, 2017. The final rule extensively revises federal...more

CMS Finalizes Regulations with Hope of Reducing Medicare Appeals Backlog

by Reed Smith on

On January 17, 2017, CMS published the final rule titled “Medicare Program: Changes to the Medicare Claims and Entitlement, Medicare Advantage Organization Determination, and Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage Determination...more

CMS Finalizes Rule to Reduce Medicare Appeals Backlog

by Reed Smith on

In the face of growing scrutiny and now judicial pressure, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a final rule on January 17, 2017 implementing certain administrative and procedural actions in an effort...more

HHS Announces Final Rule to Remedy Medicare Appeals Backlog

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

On January 17, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a Final Rule announcing a three-prong appellate process change in an effort to decrease the growing Medicare appeals backlog at the...more

Medicare Appeal Proposal Falls Far Short of Court Mandate

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

For years the hospital industry has been in an uproar over the mountainous backlog of Medicare claim appeals. Current estimates are that a whopping 650,000 claims are at the Administrative Law Judge level awaiting...more

Birmingham Medical News: End in Sight for Medicare ALJ Backlog?

by Burr & Forman on

As providers who are currently undergoing a Medicare claims appeal know, there is a lengthy delay to having an appeal actually heard by an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”). Some estimates indicate that it will currently take...more

HHS Ordered To Eliminate Medicare Appeals Backlog By 2021

by BakerHostetler on

On January 4, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia rejected a request by the Secretary of HHS asking the court to reconsider its decision that requires HHS to eliminate the backlog of Medicare claims...more

Health Care Institutions

by K&L Gates LLP on

Originally published in Haig, Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts, Fourth Edition §§ 87:1 et seq. © 2016 American Bar Association. This chapter discusses federal court litigation relating to health care...more

U.S. District Court for District of Columbia Requires HHS to Eliminate Medicare Appeals Backlog by December 31, 2020

by Baker Ober Health Law on

On December 5, 2016, a U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted summary judgment in American Hospital Association, et al., v. Burwell, in favor of the American Hospital Association (AHA) in its quest to reduce...more

Court Orders HHS to Fix the Medicare Appeals Backlog by the End of 2020

by Reed Smith on

Medicare providers with pending cases at the administrative law judge (“ALJ”) level received positive news last week as a federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia (the “Court”) granted...more

Recent Developments in Litigation Challenging the Medicare Appeals Delays: Is Victory Likely for Medicare Providers?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On September 19, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (D.D.C.) refused to stay a highly anticipated case seeking to force the government to comply with statutory deadlines governing the Medicare appeals...more

A Favorable, New Climate for Challenging Medicare Appeals

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Over the past decade, health care providers seeking to challenge Medicare claim denials have faced increasing delays in reaching what many consider the most important step in the Medicare appeals process - a hearing before an...more

CMS Still Finding Its Way Through Significant Medicare Appeals Backlog – Proposes New Rule in an Effort to Catch Up

by Reed Smith on

In the proposed rule, CMS focuses on taking administrative actions to alleviate the backlog, including introducing the concept of precedential decisions, delegating certain administrative law judge tasks to “attorney...more

HHS Proposes Rules to Eliminate Backlog … in 5 Years

by Polsinelli on

On June 28, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a series of regulatory changes in the Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) designed to curtail the massive backlog of Medicare claim appeals....more

HHS Proposes Rules to Streamline the Medicare Appeals Process to Address Backlog

by Reed Smith on

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a proposed rule intended to address the significant backlog resulting from “an unprecedented and sustained increase” in Medicare appeals. According to HHS, its...more

Medicare Appeals Backlog: HHS' Response to the Decade-Long Delay in Reviewing Appeals

by Baker Ober Health Law on

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published its proposed rule [PDF] revamping the Medicare appeals process at the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) level on July 5, 2016. The proposed rule extensively revises...more

HHS Proposes Significant Changes to ALJ Hearing Procedures

by King & Spalding on

HHS announced a Proposed Rule on July 5, 2016 aimed at reducing the backlog of appeals at the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) and Departmental Appeals Board (DAB) for Medicare payment and coverage...more

GAO Highlights Significant Backlog in Medicare Appeals, Routine ALJ Failure to Meet Statutory Deadlines

by Reed Smith on

The Medicare appeals process has not been able to keep up with an explosion in the number of volume, particularly at the administrative law judge (ALJ) level (Level 3), resulting in significant backlogs and widespread failure...more

HHS May Be Forced to Meet Statutory Deadlines for ALJ Appeals

by King & Spalding on

On February 9, 2016, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reversed a district court’s dismissal for lack of jurisdiction in the American Hospital Association v. Burwell case. ...more

AGG Helps Hospice Weather the Perfect Storm of Aggressive Medicare Payment Denials and Administrative Appeal Backlog

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

Medicare’s implementation of post-payment review through private contractors who are overly aggressive in denying payments, combined with a severe backlog of cases in queue for hearing before an Administrative Law Judge...more

Four Key Takeaways on the Expansion of the Medicare Appeals Settlement Conference Project

by Polsinelli on

On October 15, 2015, the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (“OMHA”) conducted a teleconference to address Phase II of the Settlement Conference Facilitation (“SCF”) Pilot, effective October 1, 2015. SCF, launched in...more

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