Monitor Mondays

The Perpetual Appeals Machine: The ALJs and Medicare Appeals Council

May 03, 2021 Ronald Hirsch, MD | Knicole Emanuel, Esq. | David Glaser Esq. | Ellen Fink Samnick | Matthew Albright | Frank Cohen Episode 453
Monitor Mondays
The Perpetual Appeals Machine: The ALJs and Medicare Appeals Council
Show Notes

What percentage of administrative law judge (ALJ) decisions end up at the Medicare Appeals Council? What percentage of those decisions are reversed?

These are important questions asked by a reader in response to a recent article written for RACmonitor by Frank Cohen, senior healthcare analyst and director of business intelligence for DoctorsManagement. Cohen, who has extensive experience as a subject matter expert in ALJ hearings, will look under the hood of the perpetual appeals machine, while sharing insight into the appeal process – describing how it is broken and why.

Other segments to be featured during the live broadcast include the following:

  • Monday Rounds: Ronald Hirsch, MD, vice president of R1 RCM, will return to make his Monday Rounds with another installment of his popular segment.

  • RAC Report: Healthcare attorney Knicole Emanuel, a partner at the law firm of Practus, will file the Monitor Mondays RAC Report.

  • Legislative Update: Former Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) official Matthew Albright, now chief legislative affairs officer for Zelis, will report on the latest healthcare regulatory news coming out of Washington.

  • Risky Business: Healthcare attorney David Glaser, shareholder in the law offices of Fredrikson & Bryon, will join the broadcast with his trademark segment, reporting on legal implications facing healthcare providers.

  • Social Determinants of Health: Ellen Fink-Samnick, a nationally recognized expert on the social determinants of health (SDoH), will report on the latest news that’s occurring at the intersection of healthcare and socioeconomics. Ellen will also conduct the Monitor Mondays Listeners Survey.