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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David Kopf is the Editor of HME Business.


Fri, Jun 6, 2014 Earl Cameron

I am concerned about the repairs and how the rental of certain items being repaired will effect my business. The joystick controllers and soon the motors on power mobility are capped rentals. Do we take these items back from the patient if they change insurance? This is unethical and idiotic! I find it difficult to remove a joystick controller or motors from a chair that a person is confined to if the insurance changes. DME companies are under extreme pressure to assist those in need, this is our reward! Random audits have turned into every *** 823 billed almost every rehab and the list goes on. How are we going to stay in business and provide to those in need under these conditions? Medicare often misinforms patients, therefore making the DME/HME look incompetent . I am very proud of the work we do and take a sense of satisfaction knowing I can make a difference. Our industry is and will remain a viable part of the health and wellbeing of sick and disabled.

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