The Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals published a Request for Information in the Federal Register for Wednesday, November 5, 2014.  In its RFI, OMHA asked for stakeholder feedback regarding the current initiatives undertaken at the Administrative Law Judge Level and for suggestions for additional initiatives that it could undertake to help relieve the claim and entitlement appeals workload and the backlog.  Specifically, OMHA is seeking input regarding:

  1. Suggestions that comply with current statutory authorities/requirements related to current OMHA initiatives to address the appeals backlog/workload, such as the statistical sampling and settlement conference pilots;
  2. New suggestions for addressing the current statutory authorities/requirements related to the appeals backlog/workload;
  3. Any current regulations governing the ALJ level of appeals that could be revised to streamline the adjudication process while still affording appellants all the rights afforded to them under the statute and interpretive regulations.

All responses to the RFI must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on December 5, 2014 at the addresses indicated in the RFI.  For more information on the OMHA appeals backlog and pilot programs, please visit OMHA's website