Sebelius v. Auburn Regional Medical Center - Post-Decision SCOTUScast

SCOTUScast 3-27-13 featuring Evan Young

March 27, 2013

Evan A. Young

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Sebelius v. Auburn Regional Medical Center - Post-Decision SCOTUScast - MP3
Running Time: 00:11:31

Evan A. YoungOn January 22, 2013 the Supreme Court announced its decision in Sebelius v. Auburn Regional Medical Center.  This case involves Medicare payments to hospitals.  The issue was whethera 180-day statutory time limit for filing an appeal with the Provider Reimbursement Review Board from a final Medicare payment determination is subject to equitable tolling, meaning that a court has power to delay the running of the time limit in the interests of fairness.

In an opinion delivered by Justice Ginsburg, the Court held unanimously that the 180-day period is not jurisdictional and that the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services lawfully exercised her rulemaking authority in providing for a 3-year “good cause” extension.  The Court further held, however, that a presumption in favor of equitable tolling did not apply to the good cause extension time limit, and therefore reversed the lower court decision to the contrary.  Justice Sotomayor issued a concurring opinion.

To discuss the case, we have Evan Young, who is a Senior Associate at Baker Botts, LLP.

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Sebelius v. Auburn Regional Medical Center - Post-Argument SCOTUScast
Opinion - January 22, 2013 (PDF)
Oral Argument Transcript - December 4, 2012 (PDF)