The first batch of audit letters from Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs) is currently on its way to 24 states; the remaining 26 states will begin receiving letters in August. Due to the strict deadlines for responses and appeals upon receipt of a RAC letter, it is a good idea to set up a RAC Response Team if you haven't already done so. The team should be familiar with such issues as coding, documentation, admissions, and utilization.
Remember: providers who take proactive steps to prepare for the RAC audits can save time and money over the long term.
RAC findings will appear on the RAC website. Providers can access this information and use it to address and identify compliance areas for review. There will also be a list of improper payments to review on CMS' website.
For more education on E/M coding, the Academy will hold an audio conference on November 17, 2009.
E/M: Minimize Mistakes, Maximize Reimbursement
Director: Peter Donofrio, MD, FAAN
Date: November 17, 2009
Time: 12:00 p.m. Eastern
Registration Deadline: November 3, 2009
Participants will be taught how to appropriately code patient visits, understand how to use the AAN Professional Association's E/M templates, and be more confident in coding and billing for complex services. CME credit: 1.0.