Monthly Archives: February 2018

AHA Urges Court to Reinstate HHS Deadline to Clear Appeals Backlog

On Thursday, February 15th, the American Hospital Association (AHA) and three member hospitals urged the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to reinstate its earlier order requiring the Secretary of Health and Human Services to clear the Medicare appeals backlog at the administrative law judge (ALJ) level within five years.  The District Court order was rescinded by the Appeals Court in August.   In remanding the case, the appeals court left the lower court free to reinstate the same requirement if HHS fails to demonstrate that it is “impossible” to comply with the mandamus order.  In yesterday’s brief the AHA urged the court to do just that.  “Because the Secretary has not shown it is impossible to clear the backlog—minus, perhaps, some claims with serious program-integrity concerns—within five years, the Court should require him to do so.” Continue reading