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The next HME Audit Key data submission period, covering the time period through the 2nd Quarter of 2017, is set to open on July 17.  Even if you haven't previously participated, you can still take part starting with this round.  HME suppliers of all sizes and specialties are encouraged to join this campaign to build a strong data-set of performance benchmarks and help the HME community make the case on Capitol Hill and at CMS for much-needed audit reform. New Resources Streamline HME Audit Key Data Collection Process for Brightree Users A new tool developed by Brightree streamlines the data collection process and makes it easier to participate.  Brightree customers now have the option of printing a report from their My Files folder to answer many of the operational questions on the quarterly survey. To print the report simply retrieve the report names AAH_Output.csv from the Inbox for the My Files page within Brightree and open the report in a spreadsheet program like Microsoft Excel. Please see comprehensive guidance for using the Brightree report here: PDF version - MS Word version.  You can also see more about the new tool in this press release. More About the Audit Key: Suppliers can go to HMEAuditKey.org to complete the survey and find tips/guidance on entering your data. Individual Audit Data is NOT Required: The Audit Key does not require you to submit data on individual claims, but instead seeks cumulative counts of pre- and post-payment audits and appeal claim outcomes under DME MAC, RAC, and SMRC reviews. How does my company benefit by participating?  In addition to providing critical data for the campaign for audit reform, individual suppliers will have access to their own quarterly survey results, and will have access to aggregate survey results and key findings. Suppliers can use this information to see how they compare to others in terms of audit volumes and appeal overturn rates. Data Security Assured:  Your company's individual information will never be shared, but will be included in the aggregate data. See additional details on how your data is protected in the Audit Key. Assistance is just a call or click away: The HME Audit Key is sponsored by the American Association for Homecare.