In a press release on August 15, 2012 Congressman Dan Boren, who represents Oklahoma’s second Congressional District, announced that letters have been sent to Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius; U.S. Congressman Dave Camp, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee; and U.S. Congressman Fred Upton, Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee urging a congressional investigation into the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC), Connolly, Inc.
Congressman Boren accuses Connolly of, “overzealous predatory tactics against several…hospitals with their aggressive, overly critical approach.” He further states that, “[t]hese practices have the potential to create a life-threatening situation for patient care in impoverished rural communities….”
While speaking on a webcast on August 27, 2012, the Congressman said that Connolly treats rural hospitals more harshly than larger urban hospitals. As a result, rural hospitals, that frequently have a much smaller cash flow than their urban counterparts, are faced with a financial situation that could put patient care at risk. He indicated that if Connolly continues to put unnecessary financial strain on rural hospitals, some will be forced to shut down, leaving some rural areas without access to critical care facilities and putting residents in life threatening situations.
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