Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Max Baucus (D-Mont.) today expressed concerns about the transfer of Medicare appeals from the Social Security Administration to the Department of Health and Human Services, as set forth in the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003. The two sent a letter to HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt addressing six major components of the transfer: the number and location of field offices; the extensive use of video teleconferencing and the availability of video teleconferencing sites; hiring and staffing of the offices for the new appeals entity; the supervisory role of administrative law judges; training of all employees; and the establishment of sub-regulatory policies and procedures to govern the process. The transfer is to begin on July 1 and be completed by Oct. 1.
Senators concerned about Medicare appeals transfer
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