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CMS Announces CY 2018 Amount in Controversy Thresholds for Medicare Appeals

by Reed Smith on

CMS has released the calendar year (CY) 2018 amount in controversy (AIC) threshold amounts for Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) hearings and judicial review under the Medicare appeals process. The CY 2018 AIC threshold amounts...more

Medicare Appeals Backlog: A Setback and New Opportunities for Providers

by McDermott Will & Emery on

As of June 2017, the Office of Medicare, Hearing and Appeals (OMHA) had 607,402 appeals pending with a current estimated wait time of three years for an Administrative Law Judge to process a provider’s appeal. At this rate,...more

Court of Appeals Reverses D.D.C. Order Requiring HHS to Eliminate Medicare Appeals Backlog by December 31, 2020

by Baker Ober Health Law on

Hopes were dashed for sooner relief from the backlog of Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) appeals. With the backlog of Medicare reimbursement appeals steadily growing, a reversal by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of...more

Healthcare Law Update: September 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

OIG Advisory Opinions - Manufacturer's Free Replacement of Spoiled Pharmaceutical Products Authorized - On Aug. 25, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG)...more

Hospitals Plagued by HHS's 2012 Medicare DSH Calculation Obtain Relief from the D.C. Circuit

by Baker Ober Health Law on

Hospitals affected by HHS's 2014 decision to include Medicare Part C enrollees as part of the Medicare fraction of the disproportionate share calculation obtained relief late last month when that position was voided by the...more

DC Circuit Court Remands Medicare Appeals Backlog Case

by King & Spalding on

Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reversed and remanded the Medicare appeals backlog case American Hospital Association v. Price to the district court. As previously reported,...more

HHS Claims Budget Increases May Mean Reductions to Medicare Appeals Backlog

by King & Spalding on

In a status report filed in connection with the American Hospital Association v. Price case, HHS projects significant reductions to the Medicare appeals backlog if the “legislative and budgetary measures proposed” in the...more

CMS Call to Focus on Changes to the Medicare Claims Appeal Process and Statistical Sampling (June 29)

by Reed Smith on

CMS is holding a call on June 29, 2017 to discuss recent regulatory changes intended to streamline the Medicare administrative appeal processes, reduce the backlog of pending appeals, and increase consistency in...more

Appeals Court Upholds Charity Care Patient Population Exclusion from DSH Payments

by King & Spalding on

On May 9, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed a lower court ruling denying hospitals from including New Jersey Charity Care Program (NJCCP) patients in the hospitals’ disproportionate...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

Fourth Circuit Rejects Retirees’ Claim for Vested Health Benefits

The Fourth Circuit upheld an employer’s unilateral decision to amend a collective bargaining agreement to cap employer contributions to retiree health benefits and freeze Medicare reimbursements for hourly retirees...more

False Claims Act Alert: Fourth Circuit Punts on Sampling and Extrapolation

by Hogan Lovells on

Tuesday, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in the interlocutory appeal in United States ex rel. Michaels v. Agape Senior Community, Inc.. In an opinion considering two significant questions arising under the qui tam...more

HHS Announces Final Rule on Medicare Benefit Claim Appeals Process

by King & Spalding on

On January 17, 2017, HHS published its final rule addressing modifications to the Medicare benefit claim appeals process. The final rule seeks to reduce the significant backlog of pending Medicare appeals and streamline the...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

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

Judge Denies HHS’s Request to Rescind Timeline to Eliminate the Medicare Appeals Backlog

by King & Spalding on

On January 4, 2017, the court in the American Hospital Association (AHA) v. Burwell litigation denied HHS’s motion to reconsider, which means that HHS must comply with the court’s timeline to eliminate the Medicare appeals...more

HHS Claims it is Unable to Meet Court-Ordered Targets to Resolve Medicare Appeals Backlog

by King & Spalding on

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued an order on December 5, 2016 compelling HHS to meet certain annual targets to resolve its backlog of hundreds of thousands of pending Medicare claim appeals. HHS...more

Healthcare Law Update: December 2016

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Prompt Payment Discounts Not an Anti-Kickback Statute Violation - In United States of Am. et al. ex rel. Ruscher v. Omnicare, No. 15-20629, 2016 WL 6407128 (5th Cir. Oct. 28, 2016), the court of appeals affirmed summary...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

It Ain't Over 'Till It's Over – First Circuit Rejects Settlement Agreements Between Providers and Intermediary and Upholds Cost...

by Baker Ober Health Law on

On October 27, 2016, a three-judge panel for the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit issued an opinion concluding that a Medicare fiscal intermediary (Intermediary) does not have the authority to enter into a...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

Supreme Court Implied False Certification Case Reargued to First Circuit

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On Tuesday, October 25, 2016, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit heard argument in United States ex rel. Escobar, et al. v. Universal Health Services, Inc. This case was sent back...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

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