How Medicaid audits hurt children in my home state

In April, 2014, 300 dentists throughout Nebraska, many specializing in children, received a letter from a contractor for Medicaid. The letter warned they would be subjected to a RAC audit.  

I was among those dentists. 

RAC stands for the Recovery Audit Contractor program, which started with Medicare, then was extended to Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. It enables private contractors to demand patient records, conduct audits on providers, and collect a percentage of any refunds.  

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