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Nancy J. Griswold, the federal government’s chief administrative law judge (ALJ), is scheduled to appear on Monitor Monday Feb. 10 to discuss the temporary suspension of new hearing requests for two years.

It caught the healthcare industry by surprise when Griswold recently made the announcement via a memo from the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA). In the memo, Griswold discussed an appellant forum to which a select number of facilities — those that, according to the memorandum, “have a significant number of Medicare appeals currently underway” – were invited to attend.

The appellant forum will be held Feb. 12 in Washington, D.C. and is expected to feature others from the OMHA, including Jane Cironi, director of OMHA’S central operations division; Jason Green, director of the agency’s program evaluation and policy division; Judge C.F. “Spike” Moore, deputy chief administrative judge; and Judge Constance Tobias of the Department Appeals Board.

The daylong event will be covered by Monitor Monday, with two broadcasts scheduled for that day. The first is scheduled to take place at 9:30 a.m. EST, immediately before the forum begins, and the second is set for 12:30 p.m., at which time listeners will be provided with an update on the remarks expected to be made by Griswold and Cironi.

Covering the proceedings from Washington will be healthcare attorney Andrew Wachler along with J. Paul Spencer from Providence Hospital, also in Washington, plus editorial director for Panacea Healthcare Solutions Janis Oppelt.

Providing analysis will be senior Monitor Monday correspondent Nancy Beckley and the compliance and privacy officer for McLaren Bay Region in Bay City, Mich., Mike Jamrog. Chuck Buck, publisher of RACmonitor and program host for Monitor Monday, will moderate.


Mark Spivey

Mark Spivey is a national correspondent for RACmonitor.com, ICD10monitor.com, and Auditor Monitor who has been writing and editing material about the federal oversight of American healthcare for more than a decade.

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