RAC audits will cover Medicaid, Medicare Parts C and D; Pfizer gave $35M to consulting docs during second half of 2009;

> Thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the healthcare industry can expect to see a significant expansion of the recovery audit contractor (RAC) program, according to RACmonitor.com. Section 6411 of the Act requires state and federal agencies to institute RAC audits for Medicaid, Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage plans) and Medicare Part D (prescription drug plans) by Dec. 31, 2010. FierceHealthFinance

> Pfizer paid more than more than 4,500 healthcare professionals a total $35 million in the last half of 2009 for helping develop and market drugs and educate their peers about the company's products. FiercePharma

> Reimbursement concerns are driving EMR adoption among small physician practices more than the promise of federal incentive payments. Of 269 practices with 10 or fewer physicians that took a survey conducted by healthcare communications network NaviNet, 17 percent said they would implement a new EMR by the end of 2011, and most of those would do so in the next 12 months. FierceEMR

And Finally... This seriously sounds like something out of a cartoon. I wonder if the money bags had dollar signs on them, too. Article

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