Reps. Want Tighter Controls On Medicare Audit Contractors

Law360, New York (March 19, 2013, 5:15 PM EDT) -- A bipartisan pair of congressmen on Tuesday introduced a bill to restrict hospital audits by Medicare anti-fraud contractors and penalize them for failing to follow mandated procedures, saying audit demands on hospitals had left them buried in red tape.

The bill, titled the Medicare Audit Improvement Act, would reintroduce a cap on audits of hospitals’ Medicare claims, previously removed with the creation of the recovery audit contractor program as part of the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act, according to Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., and Adam Schiff, D.-Calif.,...
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