Reimbursement Case Could Swamp Medicare With Appeals

Law360, New York (November 30, 2012, 9:26 PM EST) -- In a case that could flood Medicare with new reimbursement appeals going back decades, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear hospitals' arguments that the 180-day reimbursement appeals deadline should be extended when hospitals had no way of knowing, until long past the cutoff, that their annual payments from Medicare had been too low.

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...
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