Just one month earlier, Election Day, November 4, 2008, CMS announced that it was delaying the rollout of the RAC program due to the much-reported dispute involving two potential RACs (PRG Schultz USA, Inc. and Viant, Inc.) who were not selected by CMS as part of the national, permanent RAC program. The Bid Protest Date would be in February and, as it turned out, RACMonitor was the first to break the news announcing a settlement - it would be the first of several other "scoops" we would publish as RACAlerts.
"So what are you doing for me today?" you might ask. We're expanding our editorial board from our initial eight charter members. Most recent additions include Carol A. Spencer, BA, RHIA CCS, CHDA, Randy Wiitala, BS, MT (ASCP), and Barbara Vandergrift, RN, BSN, MA from MedLearn. Most importantly, we're actively looking for providers to submit articles on their facility's RAC experience and RAC preparedness activities.
Starting in January we're inaugurating MonitorMonday, a live and lively half-hour podcast featuring Servais who will be joined by Nancy Beckley, MB, MBA, CHC, and one of our contributing editors. Listen and learn as others from RACMonitor will be reporting on the week's upcoming activities. If you're lucky, you'll catch the inimical Dennis Jones reporting on CMS news or describing a conference he'll be covering. Podcast times: 7 AM PT, 10 AM ET.
In January, we launch InFocus, a series of engaging, thought-provoking podcasts on critical issues and developments shaping the audit-centric healthcare environment.
And beyond the RACs, our parent company, NationsMonitor, will be launching MICMonitor in the First Quarter. We are actively searching for providers who are experiencing the MIC audits. Please send us an email if you have an article you'd like to share with other providers.
Again, thanks to those of you who sent us messages of congratulations on our first year. Here' a sample:
"This is a great website....the best that I have found for good useful information. The best part of this website that it is not stagnant, there is always something new put out. Keep up great work!" - Kristy, RAC Coordinator
"Great job with the RAC Monitor. It is informative and very helpful. It has kept our facility connected with the numerous RAC Updates. The monitor is easy to read and a easy to distribute to our facilities RAC Team. Thanks for keeping us all in the loop. Keep the information coming." -Richard, Audit Coordinator
"We all know the basics of the RAC program and wait for it to impact us at any time. The information your articles impart to us really drill down to issues we didn't even know were issues! Thanks for being for diligent and informative." - Kathy RN Coding Auditor Compliance
"Thank you for all you do. I do appreciate all of your articles and everything that you all are staying apprised. There is a LOT of information. All of your authors of the articles seem to be very knowledgeable. Thank you again for all of your help! I share them with many staff members at my facility." - Lisa, Chargemaster Coordinator
"I want to thank you for providing a resource which is so timely and very informative as we all prepare for RAC. I have found it to be extremely helpful in my understanding and preparation for this process. I have been able to share the articles with many associates and helps distribute information quickly without my time being spent in research. Nice to have qualified experts at your fingertips and able to re-read the articles since they are stored in your archives. You have provided a wonderful service that is greatly appreciated. Thank you."
- Kimberly, RAC Response Manager
We are humble by your kindness and support.