HHS To Launch Changed Medicare Appeals Process

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Medicare Appeals Process

New procedures mandated by the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 will soon offer quicker resolution to appeals by Medicare beneficiaries, providers and suppliers.

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The Medicare hearings function, currently handled by the Social Security Administration (SSA), will transition on July 1, 2005 to the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) located within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The changes will help ensure that fee-for-service Medicare claims appeals are resolved within the 90-day timeframe mandated by the Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Benefits Improvement and Protection Act of 2000 (BIPA).

"As HHS assumes responsibility for handling Medicare hearings, we are committed to making the appeals process better, faster and more convenient for seniors and other people with Medicare," HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt said.

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