CMS posted the updated Provider Outreach Schedule to the CMS RAC website last Friday. The Outreach Schedule includes the following by Region:
- Region A: New York
- Region B: Michigan, Minnesota
- Region C: South Carolina, Florida, Georgia
- Region D: Utah, Arizona, Nevada, California, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana
The focus of the scheduled sessions is hospitals, as can be expected, with physicians next. Information regarding the sessions, as well as the hosting of the sessions is being coordinated through the State Hospital Associations, State Medical Societies, as well as CMS and the four Recovery Audit Contractors. Outreach sessions are being held “live” as well as by webinar or webcast.
Some provider outreach sessions in Region C, which includes Florida, are being held at the CMS Regional Office in Atlanta, and the description indicates that there are separate sessions for hospitals, SNFs, physicians, hospice, and home health agencies.
The Florida Hospital Association hosted Provider Outreach event with Connolly, is only allowing Florida Hospital representatives to attend (Hyatt at the Orlando Airport) on Thursday, March 26th. However the schedule identifies this as a “provider outreach”. There are a lot of SNFs, HHAs, and rehab providers (CORFs, Rehab Agencies, Private Practice Physical Therapists), so what are they to do?
The Provider Outreach topics and schedules are supposed to be published to the RAC contractor’s websites. According to AMRPAauthorities on an AMRPA members audio conference last week, the RAC contractors are still rolling out their websites specific to their CMS scope of work. AMRPA is working diligently on behalf of inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) who were heavily targeted in the RAC demonstration in California. (Appeals in California are still working their way through the process).
We will keep you posted as the news rolls out on the RAC program and how it affect rehab providers.