FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 26, 2015
Medicare Auditors’ Coalition Debuts New Name, Evolving Mission
American Coalition for Healthcare Claims Integrity re-launches as
Council for Medicare Integrity
Washington, D.C. – A coalition of healthcare auditors today announced the launch of the Council for Medicare Integrity – formerly known as the American Coalition for Healthcare Claims Integrity. The Council will continue to defend the Recovery Auditor Contractor (RAC) Program and its work to safeguard Medicare from overbilling, while spearheading new initiatives to help hospitals and providers become more effective partners in the fight against improper Medicare payments.
“Recovery auditors are a great source of data, ideas, and best practices providers can leverage to combat the epidemic of improper payments in our nation today,” said coalition spokesperson Kristin Walter. “The Council for Medicare Integrity marks the evolution of our coalition from an exclusive focus on advocacy to reflect new offerings and a partnership with Medicare stakeholders who all share a commitment to fighting waste in this important program.”
Along with a new name, the Council is also launching a new website (www.medicareintegrity.org) which will be a one-stop repository of all the verified data and reports about Medicare integrity programs. The site will also include an Integrity Resource Center, which seeks to aggregate a wide array of resources to assist the provider community in their efforts to properly bill Medicare and strengthen integrity work among physicians, medical suppliers and hospitals overall.
“Providers are on the front lines in the battle against improper Medicare payments,” said Walter. “With our members’ vast knowledge and experience regarding the administrative challenges facing providers, the Council is uniquely positioned to help hospitals and health care professionals lower the rate of waste and fraud in Medicare.”
While evolving to attract a more diverse set of partners to the cause of Medicare integrity, Walter stressed that the fight against efforts to weaken or dismantle the RAC Program will continue.
“In 2014 alone, the Medicare Trust Fund lost $46 billion to claims errors,” she said. “The program’s solvency faces an ongoing threat from the rising trend of improper payments.”
Administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the RAC program reviews less than 2 percent of Medicare claims, but has successfully recovered more than $8.9 billion in improper payments since Congress created the program in 2009. For more information, please visit: www.medicareintegrity.org.
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About the Council for Medicare Integrity
The Council for Medicare Integrity is a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization. The Council’s mission is to educate policymakers and other stakeholders regarding the importance of healthcare integrity programs that help Medicare identify and correct improper payments.
As a 501(c)(6) organization, the Council files IRS Form 990s annually with the IRS as required by law. Copies of these filings and exemption application materials can be obtained by mailing your request to the Secretary at: Council for Medicare Integrity, Attention: Secretary, 9275 W. Russell Road, Suite 100, Las Vegas, Nevada 89148. In your request, please provide your name, address, contact telephone number and a list of documents requested. Hard copies are subject to a fee of $1.00 for the first page and $.20 per each subsequent page, plus postage, and must be made by check or money order, payable to the Council for Medicare Integrity. Copies will be provided within 30 days from receipt of payment. These documents are also available for public inspection without charge at the Council’s principal office during regular business hours. Please schedule an appointment by contacting the Secretary at the address above.