The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has selected four companies to serve as recovery audit contractors (RACs) when it initiates the program nationwide. They are CGI Technologies and Solutions Inc. of Fairfax, VA; Connolly Consulting Associates Inc. of Wilton, CT; Diversified Collection Services Inc. of Livermore, CA; and HealthDataInsights Inc. of Las Vegas, NV. RACs identify Medicare overpayments and underpayments, and receive a percentage of the improper payments they collect from health care providers. CMS will roll out its permanent RAC program in three phases, and began educating health care providers about the program in October. Hospitals in the first phase may begin to receive requests for medical records or reimbursement of overpayments as early as December.
For more on the RAC program, visit http://www.cms.hhs.gov/RAC/.