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Limited Restart of RAC Program

On August 4, 2014, CMS announced that, due to the continued delay in awarding new Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) contracts, CMS will modify its current RAC contracts to allow for a limited number of reviews of Medicare...more

Senate Special Committee on Aging Addresses Medicare Audits

On July 9, 2014, the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging released a report titled “Improving Audits: How We Can Strengthen the Medicare Program for Future Generations.” Among other recommendations, the report...more

Got A Complaint About RAC Audits? Get In Line

Criticism of the RAC (recovery audit contractor) program is becoming a national pastime. Needless to say, hospitals hated the program from the very beginning. And little wonder. The program pays private contractors a...more

CMS Announces Provider Relations Coordinator for RAC and MAC Issues

CMS recently announced that it has established a CMS Provider Relations Coordinator, Latesha Walker, to assist providers in resolution of issues with Recovery Auditor Contractors (RACs) and Medicare Administrative Contractors...more

Enforcement of the Two-Midnight Rule Delayed Again

Last week President Obama signed into law a measure to extend Medicare physician pay rates for one year and to extend the enforcement delay of the “Two-Midnight” rule through March 2015. Medicare Recovery Audit Contractors...more

Health Law Insights Newsletter

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the deadline for compliance with the two-midnight rule through September 30, 2014. The rule provides that if an inpatient stay crosses two midnights, the...more

A Calm Before the Storm: Updates on CMS Audit Activity

In February 2014, CMS made two announcements that affect future Medicare audits. First, CMS instructed RACs to stop issuing post-payment additional documentation requests (ADRs) after February 21 and instructed MACs to stop...more

CMS Announces Changes to RAC Program; Temporary Pause in Document Requests

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published an announcement indicating that the agency is “in the procurement process for the next round of Recovery Audit Program Contracts” and is winding down its...more

CMS Provides MACs, RACs, and ZPICs With Automatic Denial Authority for “Related” Claims

Effective March 6, 2014, Medicare contractors may automatically deny claims that are “related” to other claims that have been denied as a result of pre- or postpayment review. Contractors need not issue Additional...more

CMS Announces Transition Process for RAC Contracts

On February 18, 2014, CMS announced that it is in the procurement process for the next round of Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) program contracts and that the transition to new contracts will include a pause in RAC audits in...more

Recovery Audits Cease as CMS Introduces New Provider-Friendly Contract Terms

February is the last date Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs) and Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) can issue additional documentation requests (ADRs) as the current Recovery Audit Program contracts are coming to a...more

CMS Announces "Pause" in RAC Audits

On Tuesday, 2/18/14, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on its website that it is “pausing” the Recovery Audit Program (RA Program) in preparation for the procurement of new Recovery Audit (RA) contracts...more

Two-Midnight Rule Delayed

Facing severe opposition, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has delayed the “two-midnight” rule through September 30, 2014. The two-midnight rule is a new regulation included in the 2014 Medicare inpatient...more

Government Imposes Moratorium on Medicare Hearings and Appeals

The Federal Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) was established in July 2005 to administer the Medicare appeals program. OMHA adjudicates appeals regarding Medicare entitlement and Medicare provider reimbursement....more

Possible Hospital RAC Audits in 2014: Pow! Right in the Kisser!

Whew…it’s a new year. While I thoroughly enjoyed 2013, I am excited and hopeful for 2014. Work is so busy that it seems like I’ve barely had time to breathe this January….that’s a good thing, right? Hey, anyone see me on...more

Do Not Pay: The Government’s Newest Tool

In previous posts and presentations, I have emphasized the critical role that data prospecting will play in the government’s efforts to prevent health care fraud, waste and abuse. Here’s further support for the proposition....more

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