High Court Gives HHS The Upper Hand In Medicare Fights

Law360, New York (January 22, 2013, 8:26 PM EST) -- The Supreme Court's refusal Tuesday to allow for deadline extensions on Medicare reimbursement appeals effectively shuts down the hospital industry's pursuit of hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of alleged Medicare underpayments and shores up the agency's authority in limiting such appeals even when its own miscalculations are to blame, attorneys say.

Had the high court gone the other way in Sebelius v. Auburn Regional Medical Center et al., it would have opened the doors to hospitals challenging their annual Medicare reimbursements from more than a...
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