Here is some more good news. With more and more people going onto Medicaid as inspired by the ACA, there will be more and more auditors and more and more audits:
Medicaid’s operation as a federal-state program means that health care professionals face the prospect of being audited at both of those levels. State programs have their own auditing operations, and several nationwide initiatives exist to identify improper payments. The latter include Medicaid integrity contractors, or MICs, and Medicaid recovery audit contractors, or RACs. A third program, the Payment Error Rate Measurement Program, measures and reports a national improper payment rate annually for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
Now, doesn’t seeing Medicaid patients sound more and tempting? Trust me, they are going to have to make a law or license requirements to see these patients. Why? Because no one wants to get paid next to nothing for so much trouble.