Audit Key Goes Live in 2016

Providers encouraged to register for program that will help accumulate data that will help reform CMS’s audit program.

The American Association for Homecare announced that its long-awaited Audit Key program will go live in 2016, and the association is calling on providers to register.

The Audit Key is a long-term initiative that aims to drive credible data that would help the industry generate the hard numbers that would make a strong argument for reforming CMS’s audits in order ease the financial burdens those audits are having on providers.

The program has been under development since June 2014, and has included the involvement of VGM Group Inc., MED Group, Brightree LLC and other organizations.

The association is calling on providers to register for the program at www.hmeauditkey.org and prepare to enter their Fourth Quarter 2015 audit data in the second half of January. The program will collect data on a quarterly basis.

“The HME community must be able to better demonstrate the burdensome nature of audits, in terms of volumes and overturn rates,” a statement from the association read. “Your participation in the quarterly Audit Key will help the industry gather the data we need to make the case for reform, and will also help us identify new trends and developments in the audit space.”

In addition to helping the industry, providers can use Audit Key as a tool to better understand the impact CMS’s audits are having on their businesses. Providers will have access to their own quarterly survey results, and will have access to aggregate survey results and key findings. This lets providers compare their audit volumes and appeal overturn rates against industry benchmarks.

Providers needing help registering or entering their information in the Audit Key system can get it via a contact form at www.hmeauditkey.org/Home/Help; emailing support@hmeauditkey.org, or by calling 1-844-HME A KEY (844-463-2539).  For questions about how their participation will help audit reform efforts and benefit their company, providers can email MinaU@aahomecare.org.

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David Kopf is the Publisher and Executive Editor of HME Business and DME Pharmacy magazines. Follow him on Twitter at @postacutenews.

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