Region C recovery auditor (RAC) Connolly corrected $255.4 million in claims in the first quarter of fiscal year 2013 – the most by any RAC in that period.
The total corrections for that quarter, which runs from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, 2012, reached $779.2 million, CMS reports.
Region D RAC HealthDataInsights corrected $225.9 million in claims, Region A RAC Diversified Collection Services corrected $176.5 million and Region B RAC CGI Federal corrected $121.4 million, CMS states.
As usual, overpayments collected were far higher than underpayments returned. Diversified Collection Services’ overpayments accounted for 94 percent of its corrections, CGI’s accounted for 98 percent, Connolly’s accounted for 96 percent and HealthDataInsights’ accounted for 96 percent.
Medical necessity of cardiology procedures was the top issue for RACs in regions A, B and C. For Region D, “minor surgery and other treatment billed as inpatient” was the top issue.
For more on the first quarter’s results, visit http://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Monitoring-Programs/Recovery-Audit-Program/Downloads/Medicare-FFS-Recovery-Audit-Program-1st-qtr-2013.pdf.
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