Published in Hospital Law Weekly, April 1st, 2010
The Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 called for the establishment of a permanent Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) program by January 1, 2010 to identify and recover improper Medicare payments. The RACs are incentivized to perform their jobs - they receive a contingency fee based on the amount of money returned to the Medicare Trust Funds from these audits. All Medicare fee-for-service providers are subject to a RAC review, including hospitals, physicians, skilled nursing...
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