AAHomcare Announces ‘Massive’ Audit Program

Audit Key effort will collect data that completely, accurately tracks impact of Medicare audits.

The American Association for Homecare has launched the HME Audit Key, a new audit tracking system aimed at accurately tracking the impact CMS’s ramped up audit program is having on HME providers.

The association is now working at driving funding for developing and implementing “massive,” long-term program that would seek to drive credible data that would help the industry reform CMS’s audits and ease the financial burdens they are having on providers.

“Our industry has been asked for data on audits and we have been unable to provide it,” noted a statement from the association. “This is a missed opportunity in a dire situation. To successfully work towards audit reform, the industry must move towards a true and complete picture of audit activity and its impact.”

Previously, AAHomecare worked closely with the American Hospital Association on its RACTRAC survey tool, and has contracted with Provider Consulting Solutions, the company that developed that program. That experience led the association to launch HME Audit Key.

To fund the HME Audit Key, AAHomecare has launched a campaign to raise $250,000 over the next two years. To that end the AAHomecare Executive Committee and Board of Directors, along with VGM Group Inc. and The MED Group, have already committed $43,500 in the first two weeks of the campaign.

To help fund the remainder, the association is calling on providers to make donations. Details and a contribution form are available via a downloadable PDF at http://bit.ly/1latAOz. Providers needing further information can contact Sue Mariena at suem@aahomecare.org.

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