Pathology Groups and Clinical Laboratories Should Prepare for Medicare RAC Auditors

2011 is the year that Medicare expands its Recovery Audit Program to include providers such as medical laboratories and pathology groups

During the next 12 months, many pathology groups and clinical laboratories will undergo their first audit as part of Medicare’s recently-expanded RAC (Recovery Audit Contractor) program. This is a big-dollar audit program. When Congress passed the enabling legislation, it was estimated that RAC would generate $10 billion in recoveries from hospitals, physicians, medical laboratories and other providers.