CMS Proposes Changes Designed to Speed up Medicare Appeals Process

It’s been a while since we last updated you on the latest about the Medicare appeals backlog, which although it has decreased some, remains troublesome. To further address the issue, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid recently proposed revising its rules that govern the appeals process in an effort to further streamline it and reduce […]

Study: Medicare Appeals Process Reforms Not Enough to Eliminate Backlog

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) current and proposed reforms may not be enough to eliminate the appeals backlog and restore a timely and fair appeals process. That was the finding of a study published recently in the Journal of Hospital Medicine. Researchers investigated all appeals reaching level three at three facilities: Johns […]

Backlog Backlash: HHS Says Clearing Medicare Backlog Not Possible

Just two months after a federal judge told the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to clear through a huge backlog of Medicare claims appeals comes word from the agency that not only will it not be able to comply, but that the backlog will actually grow by the time it’s supposed to have […]

Judge Orders HHS to Clear Medicare Claims Appeal Backlog by 2020

Four years, that’s how long a federal judge has given the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to clear through a huge backlog of Medicare claims appeals. The Dec. 5 ruling, from Judge James E. Boasberg grew out of a motion for summary judgment filed in October by the American Hospital Association. At issue […]

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