RICU LLC v. Department of Health and Human Services, No. 21-5186 (D.C. Cir. 2022)Annotate this Case
The DC Circuit affirmed the district court's dismissal of RICU's complaint alleging that the Department's determination that critical care telehealth services provided by physicians who are outside of the United States are ineligible for Medicare reimbursement. The court concluded that RICU seeks to avoid well-settled authority requiring administrative exhaustion under the Medicare Act by presenting a concrete claim for payment of rendered services to the Department for decision. Because RICU has neither satisfied the channeling requirement of 42 U.S.C. 405(g) nor demonstrated that the Illinois Council exception applies, the court dismissed based on lack of subject matter jurisdiction. The court has no jurisdiction to consider the merits of RICU's motion for a preliminary injunction.