Did your practice fall behind on filing and following up on claims during the COVID-19 public health emergency? There might still be time to file an initial claim or correct and resubmit claims. The “Extension of Certain Timeframes for Employee Benefit Plans, Participants, and Beneficiaries Affected by the COVID-19 Outbreak” extends the claims filing and claims appeal deadlines (learn more at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/05/04/2020-09399/extension-of-certain-timeframes-for-employee-benefit-plans-participants-and-beneficiaries-affected).

Section IIIA of this rule provides that all health plans covered under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and the Internal Revenue Code must disregard the period from March 1, 2020, until 60 days after the announced end of the national emergency or such other date announced by the agencies in a future notification (the “Outbreak Period”) in determining time limits for certain activities including the dates to file a claim or an appeal for all plan participants, beneficiaries, qualified beneficiaries, or claimants....

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