The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Sept. 16 published the final rule to establish the Medicaid Recovery Audit Contractors program.

The initiative is modeled after Medicare's RAC program, which the Obama administration says has recovered $670 million in overpayments during 2011 during its rollout phase. The administration estimates Medicaid RAC will save $2.1 billion over five years, with $900 million being returned to states.

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