Jackie Baratian and Michelle Williams presented "RACs & the 2009 OIG Work Plan: Lessons on Medicare's New Bounty Hunters" on Tuesday, November 18, 9:20am-10:40am, at this conference hosted by DecisionHealth. Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs) are on the hunt to collect money you've already been paid, reaping a percentage from CMS of every dollar they make you cough up. And it's working: Medicare likes the program so much, it will expand the program to all 50 states - and private payers are getting into the act as well. Know your rights, and learn what steps to take right now to prepare and respond to an audit. Attendees received guidance on how to respond to contractor demand letters, insights into how RACs operate and the rules that govern them, steps to take to limit your exposure and tips on how to create a strong defense for your practice's bottom line.
Additionally, Jackie and Michelle presented "Effective Use of the OIG's Self-Disclosure Offer" on Wednesday, November 19, 1:30pm-2:45pm, which discussed the new 3-month deadline for providers to conclude internal investigations into the source and extent of the violations they self-disclose to the OIG and how in exchange, the OIG will lower the penalty and relax the terms of Corporate Integrity Agreements (CIAs) for cooperative providers. Jacqueline's presentation also addressed the following...
- When and how should you make use of the OIG's self-disclosure rule?
- Is any violation too small to worry about?
- If you do disclose a minor violation - does this unnecessarily alert the OIG and give it an open-ended look into your operation?
This Conference was a 3-day training that focused on key areas of risk, improve your ability to assess staff’s coding & billing know-how, and get you ready to tackle the critical issues facing physician practices today and in the new year.
November 17-19, 2008
Westin Peachtree Plaza / Atlanta, GA