AHCA to Host Medicare RA Program Update Webinars

Mark your calendar!  The American Health Care Association (AHCA), along with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Recovery Auditors (RA) (previously known as Recovery Auditor Contractors [RACs]), are hosting four separate webinars, entitled “Medicare Recovery Auditor (RA)/SNF Update,” to provide relevant information on the Medicare RA program.  As you know, the Medicare RA program was made permanent under the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006, and required all 50 states to implement the program no later than December 31, 2010.  Under the RA program, each RA is responsible for one fourth of the US and is accountable for identifying both Medicare overpayments and underpayments for the federal government.  RAs are paid on a contingency basis depending upon how many overpayments they identify.  We hope these RA webinars help providers to better understand, prepare and avoid program audits.

The RA webinar for Region C (Virginia’s assigned region) will occur on April 5th as designated below, and will discuss the RA’s recent scope of work changes; how RA/CMS and other auditors work together in the audit process; specific RA/SNF activity in each specific region; how RA investigations proceed and how providers can prepare.

Please help us make this webinar more helpful by submitting your questions prior to the event to Dianne De La Mare or Peggy Connorton. To register for the Region C webinar click here.

Region C Webinar (AL, AR, CO, FL, GA, LA, MI, NM, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands): Time: Thursday, April 5, 2012, 2:00 PM, ET

Panelists: Lanchi Bombalier, Attorney, Arnall Golden Gregory, LLP, Olive Taylor, CMS, and Dr. James Lee, RA, Connolly Healthcare.