Audit program lacking: GAO

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GAO chief overseer Gene L. Dodaro
GAO chief overseer Gene L. Dodaro

The government's Recovery Audit Contractor program needs to be improved, asserts a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Less than $10 million in improper Medicare Part D payments were recovered in more than a four-year period, investigators found. 

The GAO also found that CMS has not performed an annual
Part D RAC evaluation yet, although a 2014 review is in the works.

With the current auditor contract set to expire Dec. 31, the GAO recommended setting clearer expectations when hiring the next one.