New Website Launches to Help Providers Cope with CMS/Medicaid Audit Contractors

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Following on the success of its RACmonitor news and information Internet portal, its founders, RACmonitor, LLC, are launching this week a comparable Website focused on the activities of The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Medicaid Integrity Contractors (MICs) called http://www.micmonitor.com.

Following on the success of its RACmonitor news and information Internet portal, its founders, RACmonitor, LLC, are launching this week a comparable Website focused on the activities of The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Medicaid Integrity Contractors (MICs) called http://www.micmonitor.com.

The new site features an editorial board composed of leading experts on MIC-related issues including compliance, reimbursement, coding, documentation and appeals. Editorial board members will provide the content for the site along with bi-weekly news articles, special bulletins and breaking news stories called MIC alerts.

The editorial board for MICmonitor includes the following:

  •     Rose M. Dunn, MBA, RHIA, CPA, FACHE
  •     Anissa Fabrizio, RHIA, CCS
  •     Anna M. Grizzle, Esq.
  •     Peggy M. Hapner, RHIA, CCS, CASCC,
  •     Mary Madsen, BA, CLT/HEW HT/ASCP
  •     Frank E Sheeder, Esq.
  •     Barbara Vandegrift, RN, BSN, MA
  •     Andrew Wachler, Esq.

“The new MICmonitor site and service has the same popular features as RACmonitor including access to RAC University™ where subscribers can now also sign up for upcoming live MIC related Webinars or purchase and download professionally produced Webinars and education materials in the form of electronic books (e-books), podcasts, special alerts, and more,” said Chuck Buck, president and CEO of RACmonitor, LLC and publisher.

MICmonitor is the second of several other news and information services Web sites that the corporation plans to launch related to governmental recovery audit initiatives, coding and compliance.

Medicare Administrative Contracts (MACs) are replacing Fiscal Intermediaries (FI) and are charged with reviewing Part A and B claims, looking for inconsistencies in hospital and physician billings. Zone Program Integrity Contractors (ZPICs) are charged with identifying and investigating Medicare fraud and waste.

“There has been a sea change in healthcare,” said Buck. “It’s no longer business as usual for providers and therefore we feel that publishing discrete and highly focused news and information sources for providers will help them navigate successfully through these rigorous compliance issues.”

About MICmonitor

MICmonitor.com brings together healthcare providers who are looking for solutions to help them deal effectively with issues arising from the Medicare Integrity Program with solutions and tools from established healthcare vendors.

About the MICs

In 2005, Congress passed the Deficit Reduction Act that saw the implementation of the Medicaid Integrity Program (MIP) — as an anti-fraud initiative with significant funding to CMS to fight Medicaid fraud and abuse. The MIP program is the federal government’s first ever efforts to audit states’ Medicaid programs. The MIP program authorized CMS to contract with Medicaid Integrity Contractors to not only pursue fraud and abuse but also to provide education to providers and to identify overpayments by conducting post payment audits.

About RACmonitor, LLC

RACmonitor, LLC, is the publishing entity that is responsible for the on-going development of http://www.RACmonitor.com, RACmonitorEnews, RACUniversity, Monitor Monday and http://www.MICmonitor.com. In this capacity RACmonitor, LLC publishes breaking news dealing with Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs) as well as Medicaid Integrity Contractors (MICs).

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