Title 42: Public Health
CHAPTER IV: CENTERS FOR MEDICARE & MEDICAID SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
SUBCHAPTER B: MEDICARE PROGRAM
PART 405: FEDERAL HEALTH INSURANCE FOR THE AGED AND DISABLED
Subpart I: Determinations, Redeterminations, Reconsiderations, and Appeals Under Original Medicare (Part A and Part B)
: Alj Hearings
405.1010 - When CMS or its contractors may participate in an ALJ hearing.
(a) An ALJ may request, but may not require, CMS and/or one or more of its contractors to participate in any proceedings before the ALJ, including the oral hearing, if any. CMS and/or one or more of its contractors may also elect to participate in the hearing process.
(b) If CMS or one or more of its contractors elects to participate, it advises the ALJ, the appellant, and all other parties identified in the notice of hearing of its intent to participate no later than 10 calendar days after receiving the notice of hearing.
(c) Participation may include filing position papers or providing testimony to clarify factual or policy issues in a case, but it does not include calling witnesses or cross-examining the witnesses of a party to the hearing.
(d) When CMS or its contractor participates in an ALJ hearing, the agency or its contractor may not be called as a witness during the hearing.
(e) CMS or its contractor must submit any position papers within the time frame designated by the ALJ.
(f) The ALJ cannot draw any adverse inferences if CMS or a contractor decides not to participate in any proceedings before an ALJ, including the hearing.
[70 FR 11472, Mar. 8, 2005, as amended at 74 FR 65335, Dec. 9, 2009]