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CMS Proposes to Remove Signature Requirement from Medicare Claims Appeals in Proposed Rule Aimed at Streamlining the Appeals Process

This week, CMS released a proposed rule that seeks to streamline the Medicare appeals process and make technical corrections to previous rulemaking. Among the provisions included is a proposal that would remove the requirement that a provider or beneficiary submitting an appeal on a Medicare Part A, B, or D claim sign the appeal. CMS notes that appeals under Medicare Part C do not require signatures, and that the signature is not required for further stages in the appeals process. Furthermore, CMS notes that many appeals that would otherwise result in a reconsideration are rejected due to lack of a signature. In addition, the proposed rule makes several technical corrections, including removing duplicative or contradictory language in previous rulemaking related to the Medicare appeals process. We will keep you updated.

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