RAC program helps surpass goal to recapture overpayments
The Obama administration said it has surpassed a goal nearly six months ahead of time to recapture $2 billion in overpayments to contractors by the end of fiscal 2012, “due in large part to hundreds of millions of dollars in recoveries from the Medicare fee-forservice Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) program.” The administration noted the milestone in an announcement about a new anti-fraud tool President Barack Obama requested in 2010. The White House sent a memo to all government agencies that directs them to use the Do Not Pay tool, which the Office of Management and Budget and U.S. Treasury Department created to identify and stop payment errors and fraud. Obama issued a memo in June 2010 that called for establishing a single-entry point where agencies could access relevant data in a network of databases called the “Do Not Pay List.” The new online tool builds on that and includes a Web-based, single-entry portal allowing government agencies to access the data sources described in Obama’s memo, as well as data analytics services that use other sources not available through the portal. Each government agency is required to submit a draft of its plan for using the Do Not Pay tool by no later than June 30.