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Recovery audit contractors: Ready or not, here they come

Billing Alert for Long-Term Care, December 1, 2008

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With the October announcement of the new recovery audit contractors (RAC), CMS marked the project’s transition to a permanent program and solidified industry-wide fears.

The congressionally mandated RAC program, which was implemented to identify and correct past improper Medicare payments, is not new. Initially, it began as a three-year demonstration in California, Florida, and New York in 2005, before expanding to Massachusetts, South Carolina, and Arizona in 2007. Congress believed the demonstration was successful and called for the RAC program to include all 50 states by January 2010.

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