At long last, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion in the Uhm v. Humana, Inc. (.pdf), matter, finding the Medicare Act’s exhaustion requirements and preemption provision barred all of the plaintiffs’ common law claims. (– F.3d — (9th Cir. 2010).) Originally, the court issued an opinion two years ago, but vacated the decision last summer and took the case under submission after soliciting amicus assistance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The new Uhm decision is strong support for Medicare Act preemption, reflecting CMS’ underlying thesis that state law claims interfering with Medicare standards and regulations must be preempted.