Medicare’s Recovery Audit Contractor Program Collected $575.2 Million Since 2009Modern Healthcare: RAC Program Collects $233 Million
The CMS' Medicare fee-for-service recovery audit contractor program collected about $233.4 million in overpayments from March through June of this year, bringing the total of recouped overpayments since October 2009 to about $575.2 million. A permanent national program since last year, the RAC program uses four contractors - Diversified Collection Services, CGI, Connolly and HealthDataInsights-to help identify fraud and abuse. The program' third-quarter report also showed that the CMS collected about $185.2 million in overpayments for the second quarter and $81.2 million for the first quarter of 2011 that covered the period of October 2010 through December 2010 (Zigmond, 8/3). This is part of the Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.