The departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury Dec. 15 reopened the federal independent dispute resolution portal to process all dispute types. Given the significant backlog resulting from the suspension of operations, the agencies today further extended the deadlines to March 14, 2024, for any IDR deadlines that fell in the suspension timeframe of Aug. 3 through Dec. 14, 2023, or currently have an initiation deadline between Dec. 15, 2023, and March 13, 2024. CMS announced extensions for additional dispute processes including additional response time for requests for information, extension requests for offer submissions, and additional time to select a certified IDR entity for disputes. 

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