OMHA reduces ALJ backlog

Thursday, November 19, 2020

WASHINGTON – The Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals is back to operating at full capacity and is making its way through a backlog of appeals at the Administrative Law Judge level, AAHomecare reports. As of Oct. 31, 2020, there are about 85,000 DMEPOS appeals pending at the ALJ, a decrease of 51% compared to nearly 173,000 in 2019. OMHA also reported that the average wait time for an ALJ hearing is still four years, but it believes that should decrease as judges work their way through the backlog. OMHA is required to eliminate the backlog by 2020.