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MCIC Press Release

March 26 , 2008

Identifying Top Reimbursement Compliance Issues in 2008: Preparing For OIG, Medicare Contractor, 
and RAC Audits

Live 90-Minute Audio Conference
Scheduled for 
Thursday, April 3, 2008 from
1:30-3:00 pm ET


Date: March 26, 2008
Contact: Rebecca Stodolak
Phone:  800-516-4343

MANASQUAN, NJ -- March 26, 2008: The 2008 Office of the Inspector General's (OIG) work plan provides a list of areas considered subject to abuse, and therefore, increased scrutiny.  Although many of the 2008 OIG’s initiatives are carried over from past years, this year it has included several new focus areas.

The recovery audit contractor (RAC) demonstration program was slated to end this month, but the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 has made the RAC program permanent.  It requires that HHS implement the program to identify Medicare underpayments and overpayments nationwide by 2010. To accomplish that objective, CMS plans to implement the RAC program in phases with the first phase beginning now. 

Join Healthcare Reimbursement Monitor and Duane Abbey, a renowned healthcare compliance and reimbursement expert, for "Identifying Top Reimbursement Compliance Issues in 2008: Preparing For OIG, Medicare Contractor, and RAC Audits," scheduled for Thursday, April 3, 2008 from 1:30 – 3:30 pm EST.   

Attend to identify the coding, billing and reimbursement compliance issues identified by RAC audits and the OIG FY2008 Work Plan.  Position your organization and resources to meet, or exceed, the top areas of enforcement.  And take away tips and tools that you can immediately put to use. 

Presenters include Duane Abbey, PhD, CFP
Abbey & Abbey Consultants, Inc.
Ames, Iowa.

Register for this audio conference to hear:
  • OIG FY2008 Work Plan
    • New Topics For FY2008
    • On-Going Issues – FY2004-FY2007
  • CMS RAC Program
    • MMA Section 306
    • Objectives of the RAC Program
    • Scope of RAC Program
    • Current Issues For Hospitals, Physicians and Clinics
  • Preparing For OIG, Medicare Contractor, and RAC Audits
    • Identifying Vulnerable Areas
    • Conducting Internal Audits In Anticipation of External Audits
    • Making Changes in Coding and Billing Processes and Procedures
  • Future Concerns
    • Projecting Problem Area Identification
    • Expansion of External Audits
  • Sources for Further Information
  • Live Question and Answer Session
How to Register

To register for "Identifying Top Reimbursement Compliance Issues in 2008: Preparing For OIG, Medicare Contractor, and RAC Audits" visithttp://www.healthresourcesonline.com/edu/racoigpg.htm
call (800) 516-4343,  or e-mail orders@healthresourcesonline.com

Cost of the conference is $247 per site if registered by May 23 (and $297 after). A CD will also be available for purchase for those unable to attend the live conference. For further details and other pricing options
Address: The Managed Care Information Center, 1913 Atlantic Ave., Suite F5, Manasquan, NJ 08736; (732) 292-1100, www.themcic.com

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