Monitor Mondays

Blame the RACs for the ALJ Backlog

April 19, 2021 John K. Hall, MD, JD | Knicole Emanuel, Esq. | David Glaser, Esq. | Ellen Fink-Samnick | Matthew Albright | Frank Cohen Episode 451
Monitor Mondays
Blame the RACs for the ALJ Backlog
Show Notes

With little in the way of reporting on the backlog of appeals at the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) level, you could conclude that such hearings are on hiatus.

But that’s not the case, according to senior healthcare consultant Frank Cohen, who will be reporting the lead story during the next live edition of Monitor Mondays. Cohen, director of business intelligence at DoctorsManagement, is expected to report that while he had testified at four ALJ hearings in all of 2019-2020, he has already testified at four so far this year, with four more between now and June – all pertaining to cases from 2014-2015. Ask Cohen why the Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs) are to blame for the backlog – his answer will be one you may not expect.

Other segments to be featured during the live broadcast include the following:

  • RAC Report: Healthcare attorney Knicole Emanuel, a partner at the law firm of Practus, will file the Monitor Mondays RAC Report.

  • Legislative Update: Former Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) official Matthew Albright, now chief legislative affairs officer for Zelis, will report on the latest healthcare regulatory news coming out of Washington.

  • Risky Business: Healthcare attorney David Glaser, shareholder in the law offices of Fredrikson & Bryon, will join the broadcast with his trademark segment, reporting on legal implications facing healthcare providers.

  • Social Determinants of Health: Ellen Fink-Samnick, a nationally recognized expert on the social determinants of health (SDoH), will report on the latest news that’s occurring at the intersection of healthcare and socioeconomics. Ellen will also conduct the Monitor Mondays Listeners Survey.

  • Monday Rounds: Attorney and physician John K. Hall, MD, founder of the Aegis Firm, will be pinch-hitting for Ronald Hirsch, MD, who regularly makes his rounds on Monitor Mondays.