AHA Suit Over Medicare Appeals Backlog Gets Junked

By Jeff Overley (December 19, 2014, 2:34 PM EST) -- A D.C. federal judge on Thursday threw out an American Hospital Association lawsuit aimed at forcing Medicare to ease an epic backlog of disputed billing claims, finding that court intervention isn't appropriate.

In tossing the complaint filed in May, U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg shot down a number of AHA arguments, including the idea that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services should be required to press Congress for more funding to help clear the backlog.

Lawmakers have held hearings on the matter and clearly know about delays in processing appeals, and so there is no place for the...

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