HHS Defends Medicare Appeal Deadline Before High Court

Law360, New York (December 4, 2012, 4:38 PM EST) -- In a U.S. Supreme Court case closely watched for its potential impact on the timeline for Medicare reimbursement appeals, oral arguments on Tuesday focused on the 180-day deadline for such appeals, with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services saying the deadline is unchangeable.

The case, Sebelius v. Auburn Regional Medical Center et al., centers on whether the Medicare Act allows for equitable tolling of the 180-day deadline for appealing reimbursement decisions to the agency's Provider Reimbursement Review Board.

Although the case concerns procedural details —...
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