The agency then announced those next steps on November 6th, establishing October 31st as the last day that existing RACs could send Additional Documentation Requests (ADRs) under their current contracts (to expire December 31st). That stipulation was only in place until the incumbent contractors signed the proposed contract modifications to extend review work through July 31, 2016.
A series of follow up notices were then posted to the RAC webpage, the most recent of which states that all Recovery Audit Contractors may now resume auditing activity as of November 16th. The newly signed contract extensions will allow CMS time to procure new contracts for a National DMEPOS, Home Health, and Hospice Recovery Auditor. Note that the RACs will be eligible to begin new reviews under these extensions.