*** Important Notice Regarding Adjudication Timeframes ***
Although OMHA is processing a record number of Medicare appeals, we continue to receive more requests for hearing than our Administrative Law Judges can adjudicate in a timely manner. OMHA remains committed to processing requests for hearing in the order received as quickly as possible given pending requests and adjudicatory resources. We will continue to process Part D prescription drug denial cases that qualify for expedited status within 10 days and will screen all incoming requests to ensure Medicare beneficiary issues are prioritized given that they often present emergent circumstances that must be promptly addressed. In all other circumstances, you (or your representative) will receive an Acknowledgement of Request letter when your request is docketed. Due to record receipt levels, we are currently projecting an 8 to 12 week delay in docketing new requests into our case processing system.
The average processing time for appeals decided in fiscal year 2013 is 201 days.