"Physical therapy is not a subspecialty of the medical profession and physical therapists are not medical doctors; we are a separate profession that provides a unique service that physicians are unable and untrained to provide."

Letter to the AMA from the APTA, Dec 2009

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Medicare RACs attack

As noted across the blogosphere the Medicare Recovery Audit Contractors are aiming their guns at health care providers after a 4-month hiatus.

Their primary target is inpatient hospitals.

That's where the money is.

Witch Hunt?

The federal government sees health care providers as a revenue source.

RACs bid for the right to audit and collect overpayments from providers. The RACs then keep a portion of those overpayments.

Some say the rewards to the RACs could lead to over-aggressive collection efforts.

Do you think RACS are unfairly incentivized to target and collect overpayments?

Do you think physical therapists in private practice need to worry?

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