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Rulings

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Rulings are decisions of the Administrator that serve as precedent final opinions and orders and statements of policy and interpretation. They provide clarification and interpretation of complex or ambiguous provisions of the law or regulations relating to Medicare, Medicaid, Utilization and Quality Control Peer Review, private health insurance, and related matters.

CMS Rulings are binding on all CMS components, Medicare contractors, the Provider Reimbursement Review Board, the Medicare Geographic Classification Review Board, and Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) of the Social Security Administration (SSA) who hear Medicare appeals. These Rulings promote consistency in interpretation of policy and adjudication of disputes.