Are post-acute care transfers a goldmine for RAC audits?

What happens after a patient leaves a facility can have a huge impact on reimbursement.

Postdischarge plans can change after patients leave the hospital, but what do these changes mean for transferring facilities that aren’t necessarily privy to this information?

Experts say not knowing whether patients ultimately follow through with postdischarge plans can have significant financial and compliance ramifications. Incorrect discharge status code assignment leads to incorrect payments, which may be why recovery audit contractors (RACs) have taken a closer look at hospital-to-hospital transfers.

Read the entire For the Record article: Are Post-Acute Care Transfers a Goldmine for RAC Audits? Scott Mertie and Mandy Thompson of Kraft Healthcare Consulting are quoted in the article.

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