In September 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the final rule for the Medicaid recovery audit contractor (RAC) program. Based on the Medicare RAC program, the Medicaid version of the program should save taxpayers approximately $2.1 billion over the coming five years. The final rule goes into effect in January 2012, and it is uncertain what the program’s impact on hospitals will be. Becker’s Hospital Review Writer Bob Herman interviewed AGG Partner Richard E. Gardner III for an article titled “How Will Medicaid RACs Impact Hospitals?” Mr. Gardner recommends that hospitals already have systems in place to respond to Medicaid audit requests and streamline the appeals process. He says that hospitals need to be familiar with the issues being reviewed in the audits, as well as the RAC program in general so that they are ready to respond as soon as possible.