AAPC Prepares Health Care Professionals for Recovery Audits

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To train health care professionals on recovery audits, including what auditors target and how to handle an audit when it occurs, the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC, http://www.aapc.com) is hosting its "Prepare for Recovery Audits" workshop in 65 cities across the country in May and June.

It is imperative that all health care professionals--physicians, administrators and medical coders--learn about and know how to handle recovery audits. The stability and income of a practice relies on it.

The new national Recovery Audit Contractors (RAC) program is expected to recover up to $18 billion in 2009, and beginning Jan. 1, 2010, the RAC program goes into effect in all 50 states. To train health care professionals on recovery audits, including what auditors target and how to handle an audit when it occurs, the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC, http://www.aapc.com) is hosting its "Prepare for Recovery Audits" workshop in 65 cities across the country in May and June.

This workshop--different from other RAC trainings currently available--trains attendees on both RAC and general recovery audits from insurance companies. Auditing expert Deborah Grider, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P, CPC-I, CEMC, COBGC, developed the curriculum for this workshop. She has successfully defended practices under RAC review and general recovery audits. Grider, a past president of the AAPC's National Advisory Board, designed the workshop to enable attendees to walk away from the training understanding what must be done to protect the practice and its income.

"In today's regulatory environment, it is not a question of 'if,' but rather of 'when' your practice will receive a letter for an insurance carrier or a RAC program consultant requesting medical records or planning a visit to your practice," Grider said. "It is imperative that all health care professionals--physicians, administrators and medical coders--learn about and know how to handle recovery audits. The stability and income of a practice relies on it."

At this must-attend workshop, attendees will learn how to:

  •     Achieve favorable audit results from private and government payers
  •     Avoid audit-triggering mistakes: How providers are selected for an audit
  •     Educate physicians and staff
  •     Be compliant as you protect your bottom line
  •     How to file an appeal if you are audited
  •     Take the right steps if RAC asks for dollars back
  •     How to defend your coding if you feel auditors have made an error

Attendees have the opportunity to earn up to six continuing education units (CEUs) from this workshop, including pre- and post-workshop exercises. You can find more information at http://www.aapc.com/education/recovery-audit-contractors-rac-audit.aspx or by calling 800-626-CODE (2633).

About the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)
The AAPC (http://www.aapc.com) is the nation's largest medical coding training and certification association for medical coders. The AAPC provides credentials to medical coders in physician offices, outpatient facilities and payer environments. The certifications AAPC offers are Certified Professional Coder (CPC®), Certified Professional Coder - Hospital (CPC-H®) and Certified Professional Coder - Payer (CPC-P®), as well as 18 specialty-specific credentials and the Certified Interventional Radiology Cardiovascular Coderâ„¢ (CIRCCâ„¢) credential. These credentials represent the gold standard certifications for medical coding. AAPC provides a wide variety of benefits to its 77,000 members worldwide.

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