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Open Letter to Congress: Reform the RAC Appeals Process, Preserve Medicare’s Top Integrity Program

  The American Coalition for Healthcare Claims Integrity today sent the following letter to members of the House and Senate who have cosponsored The Medicare Audit Improvement Act of 2013 (H.R. 1250 and S. 1012) – legislation that effectively shuts down the highly successful Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) Program.  Jan. 21, 2014 The Honorable Sam Graves U.S. House of Representatives Dear Rep. Graves: The nation is currently facing the systemic dismantling of healthcare integrity programs that fight an epidemic of […]

Medicare Integrity Coalition Applauds Chairman Issa For Considering Ways to Strengthen the RAC Program

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 9, 2014 CONTACT:  Kristin Walter kristin.walter@rubinmeyer.com (202) 898-0995 Medicare Integrity Coalition Applauds Chairman Issa For Considering Ways to Strengthen the RAC Program ACHCI echoes calls to preserve the highly effective RAC program, delivers 2013 ‘to-do list’ to Congress  Washington, D.C. – Today, Thomas Schatz, president of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, headed by Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA), on ways to eliminate wasteful […]

CMS Report: Providers Falsely Billed Medicare by $49.9 Billion in 2013

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 19, 2013                                                                 CONTACT: Kristin Walter kristin.walter@rubinmeyer.com (202) 898-0995 CMS Report: Providers Falsely Billed Medicare by $49.9 Billion in 2013 Report shows uptick in improper payments, calls for increased program oversight and auditing Washington, D.C. – The American Coalition for Healthcare Claims Integrity (ACHCI) today released […]

Congressional Budget Office Warns Congress of $2 Billion Impact of Extending RAC Program Moratorium

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 12, 2013                                                                 CONTACT: Kristin Walter kristin.walter@rubinmeyer.com (202) 898-0995 Congressional Budget Office Warns Congress of $2 Billion Impact of Extending RAC Program Moratorium Office says further delays to RAC program not an option;Lawmakers remove proposal in Sustainable Growth Rate patch Washington, D.C. – The American Coalition for […]

CMS Reports High Accuracy of RAC Audits

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 5, 2013                                                                 CONTACT: Kristin Walter kristin.walter@rubinmeyer.com (202) 898-0995 CMS Reports High Accuracy of RAC Audits  Finds average 95% accuracy rate across all auditors Washington, DC – A report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to Congress entitled, Recovery Auditing in the […]

Hospitals Get $2 Billion “Free Pass” With Suspension of Medicare Claims Reviews

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 6, 2013 CONTACT:  Kristin Walter kristin.walter@rubinmeyer.com (202) 898-0995 Hospitals Get $2 Billion “Free Pass”  With Suspension of Medicare Claims Reviews Coalition highlights devastating financial impact of audit suspension Washington, D.C. – Members of the American Coalition for Healthcare Claims Integrity (ACHCI) are voicing concerns about the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recent suspension of Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) reviews of short stay inpatient hospital claims. The auditing suspension was initially to last from […]

RACs Raise Concerns About Suspension of Medicare Claims Reviews

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 16, 2013 CONTACT: Kristin Walter kristin.walter@rubinmeyer.com (202) 898-0995 RACs Raise Concerns About Suspension of Medicare Claims Reviews   Coalition highlights devastating financial impact of new rule, points to auditors’ high accuracy rate   Washington, DC – Members of the American Coalition for Healthcare Claims Integrity (ACHCI) voiced concerns today about the new “two-midnight” rule for inpatient admissions issued by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS has used implementation of this rule to suspend audits of short inpatient hospital […]

OIG: Hospitals Account for 88 Percent of Improper Payments

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 9, 2013 OIG: Hospitals Account for 88 Percent of Improper Payments HHS Report highlights effectiveness of Recovery Auditors, reveals hospitals as top contributors to Medicare waste, fraud and abuse Washington, D.C. – The American Coalition for Healthcare Claims Integrity today responded to a new Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) assessment of the Recovery Audit Program and improper payments in Medicare. The report concluded that Medicare Recovery Auditors (RAs) are […]

New GAO Report Points to Ongoing Need for Recovery Auditing

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 3, 2013 New GAO Report Points to Ongoing Need for Recovery Auditing In effort to combat billions in Medicare waste, recovery auditors examine more claims, recover more improper payments and are less burdensome to providers than other contractors Washington, D.C. – The American Coalition for Healthcare Claims Integrity today reacted to a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) comparison of contractors that conduct post-payment reviews of Medicare fee-for-service claims.  Recovery Auditors (RAs), who act in partnership […]

Coalition Highlights Low Cost, High Effectiveness of Recovery Audit Contractor Program Amid Federal Budget Cuts

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 2, 2013 Coalition Highlights Low Cost, High Effectiveness of Recovery Audit Contractor Program Amid Federal Budget Cuts RACs fill gaps in fraud prevention, yield billions in return on investment Washington, D.C. – The American Coalition for Healthcare Claims Integrity (ACHCI) today issued a statement following the announcement by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) that significant staff and budget reductions are on the horizon. The department conceded the cuts […]