Updated on: June 22, 2012

National Weather Forecast: It’s Raining RACs

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Original story posted on: March 2, 2009

By: Chuck Buck

 

Hello everyone! Here at the Weather Central Channel we're on storm watch, so let's put our national CMS RAC weather map into motion and see what the forecast is for your area.

 

Oh, I see the animation isn't working - hasn't worked, actually, since the work stoppage back in November. Oh well - here's our still frame of the map. Can we get a shot of the map, Freddy? Thanks. Remember, yellow states indicate a traveler's advisory with immediate storm activity taking place. In green states, the forecast is somewhat overcast with clouds on the horizon. If you're a blue state, well, enjoy some pleasant weather as the rest of the country hunkers down and prepares for the gathering storm. By the way - and this is important - be prepared when the storm comes your way. How are your reserves? Do you have plenty of cash on hand?

 

OK, let's start in New England, where we always expect inclement weather. Well, the good news is that there's a blackout in effect covering much of the northeast. The sun will be out but with a chill in the air.

 

You can expect some mild provider-outreach activity throughout March. But up here in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, Medicare Part A claims, including Part B of A, will not be available for RAC review until August 2009 due to the transition of Fiscal Intermediaries (FI) to Medicare Administrative Contractors (A/B MAC).

 

Good news for you in Rhode Island - expect a break in the storm pattern: Part B claims in Rhode Island also will not be available for RAC review until August 2009.


Don't let your thoughts turn to spring yet, though. If you're up in these states CMS says all other Part B claims are now available (March 1, 2009) for RAC review. More sun, but still chilly.

 

All right now, let's move westward over to the Great Lakes region - folks, that's Region B - and see what the forecast is for you in the yellow states of Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. We can see some clouds gathering as there are no restrictions on Part A and B claims, and the RAC contingency fee here - we're showing 12.5 percent. I don't know how that translates into millibars.

 


Now let's drop down to Region C on our RAC-in-Motion weather map. It's here in South Carolina and Florida where we can expect some storm activity in these yellow states. And, look, the pattern continues over into New Mexico and Colorado. Stay on high ground as much as possible.


 

Storm systems also can be seen reaching up to Arizona and Nevada and settling in along the Great Plains here, folks, in North and South Dakota and over to Montana and Wyoming. We're forecasting lots of precipitation, particularly in those hard-to-reach rural areas, so be cautious.

 

As you know, we usually post storm warnings here at the Weather Central Channel, and you can see on our RAC-in-Motion map there's a -low-pressure system building over the green states of Oklahoma, Nevada, California and Texas - especially Texas - with provider reach raining down soon: perhaps it's already started in your neck of the woods. Oh, and by the way, if you look carefully you'll seen some storm activity in Hawaii - the 50th state to join the union. Bet they're happy now.

 

So far, the weather's been relatively mild, but it's expected to heat up in August - wouldn't you know. Take a look at this large swath of blue states that stretches from New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland and continues west to the states of Washington, Oregon and Idaho. If you're here, you can expect normal weather conditions for the time being, but come August, like I said, it's going to heat up. In fact, we expect temperatures to soar across the country. And when the cold air in the jet stream collides with the rising warm air, the storms will start rolling in. That's why we'll be issuing traveler advisories for these states:

 

Washington

Oregon

Idaho

Nebraska

Kansas

Missouri

Arkansas

Louisiana

Mississippi

Tennessee

Alabama

Georgia

North Carolina

West Virginia

Virginia

 

So, that's the outlook on our RAC-in-Motion map here at the Weather Central Channel. With weather like this, no wonder it will be hard to get work done. Some folks probably won't show up - they'd rather call it in. I mean who could work in weather like this?

 

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Chuck Buck

Chuck Buck is the publisher of RACmonitor and is the program host and executive producer of Monitor Monday.

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