On November 1, 2018, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a Memorandum Opinion, ordering the Medicare appeals backlog to be eliminated by FY 2022.
Specifically, the court ordered that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) achieve the following reductions from the current backlog of 426,594 pending appeals:
– 19 percent reduction by the end of FY 2019
– 49 percent reduction by the end of FY 2020
– 75 percent reduction by the end of FY 2021
– Elimination of the backlog by the end of FY 2022