"Review of Potential Duplicate Payments Identified by a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Recovery Audit Contractor," (A-03-06-00004)
Our objective was to determine whether claims that the recovery audit contractor (RAC) identified as part of CMS’s demonstration project were duplicate payments. None of the 241 claims that the RAC initially identified were duplicate payments. Of the 241 claims, 12 claims included overpayments, totaling $44,746, for six beneficiary stays with 1-day admissions and subsequent same-day readmissions. We recommended that CMS consider the performance of the RAC when reporting to Congress on the demonstration project’s impact on Medicare savings and on CMS’s decision to expand the project. CMS concurred with our recommendation.