On September 15, 2014, Congressman Kevin Brady (R-Tex), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, sent a letter to the Secretary of HHS urging her to “retract the settlement process CMS posted on its website on Friday, August 29” in which CMS offered a global settlement to hospitals with appeals of denials of inpatient claims.  Congressman Brady questioned whether “HHS has the statutory authority for this settlement process,” as well as how CMS established the proposed 68% settlement amount.