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RAC Program Expands to Medicare Part D in Third Quarter of 2011

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) intends to roll out its Part D RAC program during the third quarter of 2011. In implementing the program, CMS has contracted with ACLR Strategic Business Solutions to be the Part D recovery audit contractor. This company has already recovered tens of millions of dollars through its auditing process for government contractors. John Spiegel, director of the Medicare Program Integrity Group, stated that “CMS is working on business planning, technology requirements, staffing and communications initiatives to achieve the program goals.” He also mentioned that CMS intends to implement a website that will provide additional Medicare Parts C and D RAC information.

Medicare Part D plans and sponsors should consider conducting internal audits and implementing compliance programs at this time in order to be in the best position to avoid or defend against a RAC audit.

If you need assistance in preparing for, or defending against Part D RAC audits, or implementing a corporate compliance program geared toward identifying and correcting potential risk areas for Part D RAC audits, please contact a Wachler & Associates attorney at 248-544-0888.