CHA has extended the deadline to Dec. 30 for members to join its legal challenge to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ harmful area wage index (AWI) policies. While CHA’s challenges to the agency’s federal fiscal year (FFY) 2020, 2021, and 2022 policies are ongoing, action is required to challenge the policies carried forward into FFY 2023.
Specifically, members interested in participating must execute a new engagement letter for legal services from Hooper, Lundy & Bookman, P.C. (HLB) related to the FFY 2023 challenge, as well as a provider representative letter to authorize provider reimbursement appeal services from Toyon Associates. Both documents will be provided by HLB and can be returned to David Vernon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHA, not its members, will be responsible for the fees incurred in the Provider Reimbursement Review Board process and subsequent litigation. CHA has developed a document with detailed information about the process.
Additional information on the AWI litigation — including steps for member hospitals to participate in the legal challenge, important documents, and key contact information — is available on CHA’s website.