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Beneficiary Appeals Data

To help ensure Medicare Beneficiary, Part C Medicare Advantage Plan Enrollee and Part D Plan Enrollee appeals are adjudicated as quickly as possible, OMHA designates them as priority appeals. More information on the OMHA Beneficiary and Enrollee prioritization policy is available here.

OMHA’s goal is to adjudicate Beneficiary and Enrollee appeals within 90 days, unless another time frame applies (for example, Part D appeals that qualify for an expedited hearing are adjudicated within 10 days). However, we recognize that not all appeals can be resolved in that time frame. For example, a Beneficiary or representative may request additional time to gather documentation or be unable to commit to a hearing date for an extended period of time, or the complexity of the issue involved may require additional time for the OMHA adjudicator to prepare for the hearing or issue a decision.

The information below provides the public with data on OMHA’s processing of Beneficiary and Enrollee appeals. We present information on the average length of time for Beneficiary and Enrollee appellants to receive decisions based on the fiscal year in which the appeal is filed (note, fiscal years run from October 1 to September 30). We also present information on the number and average age of any pending appeals filed in those years. For pending appeals, we also provide data on where the appeals are in the process if they have gone past the 90 day goal.

If you are a Beneficiary or Enrollee, or a Beneficiary or Enrollee representative, and are experiencing delays in the OMHA adjudication process, assistance is available at the toll-free OMHA Beneficiary Help Line, at (844) 419-3358. The OMHA Beneficiary Help Line is staffed from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. During other hours, or if the OMHA Beneficiary Help Line representatives are assisting other callers, please leave a voicemail and your call will be returned as quickly as possible. In addition, certain appeals may be escalated to the Medicare Appeals Council for review when the 90 day time frame is not met. More information on the escalation process is available here.


Appeals by Fiscal Year Appeals Filed3,4 Pending Appeals Average Age Pending (days)5 Decided Appeals6 Wait Time to Decision (days)6



2,617 613 49.6 2,004 65.8



2,531 640 48.1 1,891 66.7



3,375 4 349.3 3,371 75.3



2,994 7 445.0 2,987 74.7



3,442 1 751.0 3,439 74.8



3,235 0 0 3,235 74.0



3,741 0 0 3,740 80.2



2,927 0 0 2,926 80.6



3,512 1 1,475.0 3,506 94.3



2,484 0 0 2,484 91.6


Pending Appeals (all FYs)

Overall Pending Appeals


Pending Appeals

Aged 90 Days to 120 Days9

Pending Appeals

Aged Over 120 Days9


Pending Appeals Average Age (days)5 % Tolled/
Docketed8 Assigned to an OMHA adjudicator Hearing Scheduled Hearing Conducted Docketed8 Assigned to an OMHA adjudicator Hearing Scheduled Hearing Conducted
A/B QIC and D IRE Appeals1 619 54.9 14.4% 0 13 25 18 0 1 6 3
SSA, QIO, and C IRE Appeals2 647 52.4 N/A 1 4 7 15 0 4 7 8

Data through June 30, 2019.

n.1  Includes appeals of Part A and Part B QIC Reconsiderations, and Part D IRE reconsiderations.

n.2  Includes appeals of SSA reconsiderations, QIO reconsiderations, and Part C IRE reconsiderations.

n.3  Includes reopened appeals.

n.4  Includes 6 "combined" appeals that are not separately included in pending and decided appeal data in the above charts.  Combined appeals are appeals that are combined with other appeals for administrative efficiency(that is, the records are consolidated and a single decision is issued in accordance with 42 CFR §§405.1044 or 423.2044).  The earliest filed requiest date is used to determine the age of the resulting appeal when appeals are combined.

n.5  Average age of pending excludes time for which the adjudication time frame is tolled or otherwise extended, and time frames for appeals in which the adjudication time frame is waived, in accordance with the rules applicable to the adjudication time frame for appeals of Part A and Part B QIC reconsiderations at 42 CFR part 405, subpart I; and Part D IRE reconsiderations at 42 CFR part 423, subpart U, and Part D expedited appeals, which operate on a 10 day adjudication time frame.

n.6  “Decided” and “decision” includes appeals for which a decision, dismissal, or remand was issued, the appeal was escalated to the Medicare Appeals Council (if escalation was available), the appeal was removed to Medicare Appeals Council, or Expedited Access to Judicial Review was granted by the Departmental Appeals Board.

n.7  Percentage of appeals for which the adjudication time frame has been tolled or otherwise extended, or for which the adjudication time frame has been waived; adjudication time frames do not apply to appeals of SSA, QIO, and Part C IRE reconsiderations.

n.8  “Docketed” indicates the appeal was received and entered in the OMHA case adjudication processing system.

n.9  For pending appeals aged 90 to 120 days, and over 120 days, and appeal is reported in its current stage. For example if an appeal is 95 days old and the hearing is scheduled but has not yet been conducted, it will be counted in the column for Pending Appeals Aged 90 Days to 120 Days, Hearing Scheduled, because it has been docketed, assigned to an OMHA adjudicator, and is now scheduled for a hearing; the appeal will not be counted in the Docketed and Assigned to an OMHA adjudicator columns because it has passed those stages.


Content created by Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA)
Content last reviewed on July 24, 2019