Final Rule on Changes to Medicare Appeals Process Published
On January 17, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the final rule in the Federal Register that finalizes changes to the Medicare benefit claim appeals processes that were proposed on July 5, 2016. This final rule is part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) approach for addressing the increasing number of appeals and the current backlog of claims waiting to be adjudicated. This final rule includes new and revised rules that expand the pool of available Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) adjudicators; increase decision-making consistency among the levels of appeal; and improve efficiency by streamlining the appeals process so less time is spent by adjudicators and parties on repetitive issues and procedural matters. These regulations become effective on March 20, 2017.