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GAO: CMS, MACs Should Bolster Provider Education to Cut Improper Medicare Payments

In 2016, an estimated $41.1┬ábillion in improper Medicare fee-for-services payments were made to providers. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) believes that provider education plays an important role in ensuring payments are made properly; CMS has delegated authority for provider education to the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs). In a recent report, the Government … Continue Reading

Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act Signed Into Law; Includes Additional Medicare Reforms

On December 28, 2015, President Obama signed into law S. 2425, the Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act, which includes a number of Medicare provisions that were not included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act. Most significantly, the law: Extends the timeframe for eligible professionals and hospitals to apply for a hardship exception from meaningful use … Continue Reading

CMS Proposes Standards for Medicaid Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs)

On November 10, 2010, CMS published a proposed rule that would provide guidance to states on funding and operation for the Medicaid RAC program. By way of background, the ACA requires all states to contract with RACs to audit Medicaid claims, identify underpayments and overpayments, and recover overpayments or correct underpayments (similar to the Medicare … Continue Reading
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