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Senators warn Medicare appeals system ‘buckling under its own weight’
Modern Healthcare

The Senate Finance Committee is demanding more attention on the growing backlog of Medicare appeals claims, which federal officials are continuing to blame on a lack of funding.

The Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals is receiving a record number of appeals, with the processing time for each claim more than quadrupling over the last five years to an average of 550 days.

“We definitely feel the urgency,” Nancy Griswold, the chief law judge at the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals, told the committee Tuesday. “We are keenly aware of the impact that these delays are having.”

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