Aspects of the Medicare Recovery Audit Contractor program came under intense scrutiny during a Senate Finance Committee hearing in June. Lawmakers questioned auditor payment incentives and a sluggish appeals process.
Nursing home providers reacted positively to the release of the Senate Finance Committee's healthcare reform bill Wednesday. They were particularly pleased that the bill would not lower the market-basket update for nursing homes.
Congress is preparing to return to Washington D.C. after an eventful August recess. Democrats and Republicans are looking to ramp up efforts at passing, or, in some cases, derailing healthcare reform.