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Hospital leaders are raising the issue of overzealous Medicare RACs on Capitol Hill

July 26, 2013

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Four hospital and health system leaders earlier today, July 26, briefed congressional staff on Capitol Hill about the problems they face due to a growing demand for medical records and voluminous payment denials made by Medi­care’s recovery audit contrac­tors (RACs). Steven Hanks, The Hospital of Central Con­necticut’s executive vice president and chief medical officer in Norwalk, participated in today’s briefing and a similar Hill briefing in May. He says the briefings are giving con­gressional staff a much better appreciation for hospitals’ frustration in dealing with RACs, and the field’s push for passage of the AHA-backed“Medicare Audit Improve­ment Act,” S. 1012/H.R. 1250. (See the “Hill Head Count” for the represen­tatives who support H.R. 1250.) Listen here to what Hanks has to say about RACs.