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Physicians Advocacy Institute ("PAI") Praises RAC Reform Legislation Progressing in the US Senate.

[[para]]WASHINGTON, June 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The US Senate Finance Committee today passed the Audit & Appeal Fairness, Integrity, and Reforms in Medicare (AFIRM) Act of 2015, an original bill to improve the Medicare audit and appeals process.[[/para]]

"Today, the Committee took an important bipartisan step toward streamlining the Medicare audit and appeals process to help healthcare providers better serve millions of patients across the nation," said committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). "This is a common sense bill that will help untangle the web of red tape that ensnares the current audit and appeals process and guarantee Medicare patients continue to have access to high-quality care. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to move this bill forward."

This latest progress on Capitol Hill comes just more than a week after U.S. Representative George Holding (R-NC) introduced HR 2568, entitled "The Fair Medical Audits Act of 2015" in the US House of Representatives.

A long-time champion for improving the transparency and fairness of Medicare audits, the Physicians Advocacy Institute ("PAI") praised the Senate Finance Committee's leadership. "It seems the momentum to make these necessary reforms is building in Washington, D.C.," said PAI President Robert W. Seligson , who is also Executive Vice President and CEO of the North Carolina Medical Society. "We applaud Chairman Hatch, North Carolina Senator Richard Burr and other members of the Senate Finance Committee as well as Rep. Holding for making this a priority."

As these bills move forward in the legislative process, PAI will continue to advocate for Congress to address the fundamental problems that have contributed to the backlog of audit appeals and caused a great deal of unnecessary expense and confusion for physicians nationwide.

Information on the AFIRM Act and the Fair Medical Audits Act of 2015 can be found on the PAI's website at www.physiciansadvocacyinstitute.org.

For more information, contact PAI's Executive Vice President Kelly Kenney at 312-543-7955 or k2strategiesllc@gmail.com.

About the Physicians Advocacy Institute: The PAI is a not-for-profit advocacy organization whose mission is to advance fair and transparent payment policies and contractual practices by payers and others in order to sustain the profession of medicine for the benefit of patients. PAI's Board of Directors is comprised of CEOs and former CEOs from nine state medical societies (California, Connecticut, Georgia, Nebraska, North Carolina, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas) and a physician from Kentucky.

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