CMS Works to Ease RAC Audit Burden, Reduce Denial Backlog

Long a thorn in the side of hospitals nationwide, Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) program recently underwent substantial changes which CMS say will make the audit process significantly less burdensome for providers.

Support Act Creates New Bundled Opioid Treatment Payments

Hospitals on the front lines of the opioid epidemic have new tools to address the scourge of opioid misuse and addiction, including bundled Medicare reimbursements for holistic treatment services.
On Jan. 1, 2020, a bundled Medicare payment became available to hospitals to support comprehensive treatment of opioid disorders. The new reimbursement opportunity is one of several provisions in the act aimed at mitigating opioid misuse risk among Medicare beneficiaries.