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Chartering Cyber Territory: FAPE, LRE, and Related Services in Charter and Cyber Schools

On Friday, May 9, 2014, Nicole D. Snyder, Esq., nsnyder@ldylaw.com and York Williams, Ph.D. at West Chester University, will be presenting at the Lehigh University's 42nd Special Education Law Conference at Lehigh University's Mountaintop Campus. The name of the session will be Chartering Cyber Territory: FAPE, LRE, and Related Services in Charter and Cyber Schools.

Chartering New Territory: Cyber Schools, Charter Schools and Virtual Special Education - Pitfalls, Obstacles, Dilemmas and Solutions

On Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 8:15 to 9:45 a.m., Kevin M. McKenna, Esq., kmckenna@ldylaw.com, Nicole D. Snyder, Esq., nsnyder@ldylaw.com and York Williams, Ph.D. at West Chester University, will be presenting at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference at the Philadelphia Convention Center, 100 Level, 118A. The name of the session will be American Educational Research Association (AERA).

EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) Authorization Agreement Update

In 2006, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) mandated that all new Medicare enrollees must receive payments electronically through Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). Medicare providers submit Form CMS-588, or the EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) Authorization Agreement, at the time of an initial Medicare enrollment, at the time of a change of ownership or at any time a Medicare provider needs to make changes to an existing EFT enrollment. Form CMS-588 was updated last year. The new form is substantially the same as the previous version of the Form, with the changes being one of form over substance. Nevertheless, moving forward, Medicare providers should use the new form for all EFT enrollments or changes in banking information to avoid delays that could result from using the outdated version of the form.

CMS Presses Pause on RAC Reviews

On February 18, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it had suspended the ability of Recovery Audit Contractors (RAC) to request documents for claims reviews until CMS has had an opportunity to finish the procurement process for new RAC contracts. Under the Recovery Audit Program, RACs are charged with identifying improper Medicare payments. The Program has long been a source of controversy, in part because RACs are paid a contingent fee based on a percentage of claims they deny. Currently, this fee ranges from 9% to 12.5%.

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