High Court Refuses To Extend Medicare Appeals Deadline

Law360, New York (January 22, 2013, 11:50 AM EST) -- In a unanimous decision issued Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Medicare Act does not allow for the extension of a reimbursement appeals deadline, a blow to hospitals seeking to rectify several years' worth of underpayments.

In Sebelius v. Auburn Regional Medical Center et al., several hospitals argued that the statutory 180-day deadline to file an appeal with the Provider Reimbursement Review Board should be extended when the hospitals couldn't have known that their reimbursements were based on faulty agency data.

In the underlying...
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