The American Association for Homecare will soon begin tracking the impact of Medicare audits affecting home health care providers under a new launch.
The home health industry group announced Thursday at its Washington Legislative Conference that it will be moving forward with its proposal to develop a system to track the Medicare audits, following reports from its member companies who are already “feeling the pain” and suffering financially.
“Good data informs good decisions,” stated Tom Ryan, president and CEO of AAHomecare, in a release. “We’re ready to work on behalf of the industry to collect and quantify the impacts of audits and present compelling facts that policymakers cannot ignore.”
In developing the system, AAHomecare collaborated closely with the American Hospital Association on their RACTRAC survey tool and has met with Provider Consulting Soultions, the company that developed the program.
Lessons learned from that process will enable the organization’s tracking system to collect hard facts that will demonstrate the impact of audits on the industry, AAHomecare stated.
The development of the new system arrives just as audits, along with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ competitive bidding program for home medical equipment, have forced beneficiaries to find new providers and redo documentation.
“Anecdotal stories and self-reported data are not credible and not persuasive with policymakers,” stated Kim Brummet, AAHomecare vice president of regulatory affairs. “The new audit tracking system will help the industry track a more complete picture of audit activity and its impact.”
Written by Jason Oliva