The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is hosting six Payment Error Rate Measurement (PERM) Provider Education Webinars/Conference Calls to assist PERM Cycle 1** Medicaid-enrolled providers prepare for these unique federal audits. The six sessions are identical in content, but you may want to listen in on more to hear the different questions and answers. The calls are designed to provide an opportunity for Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) providers to enhance your understanding of your specific responsibilities so you are prepared before and during PERM audits.

The PERM program is designed to measure improper payments in the Medicaid and CHIP programs, as required by the Improper Payments Information Act (IPIA) of 2002 (amended in 2010 by the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act or IPERA).

The dates of the calls in 2012 are May 23, June 21, July 24, August 23, September 25, and October 24. Each occurs 2-3 pm EST.

For more details and to register for one or more webinars/conference calls, click here then go to the “provider education webinar/conference schedule download” link: www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Monitoring-Programs/PERM/Provider_Education_Calls.html

**PERM cycle 1 states are: Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming)

NAME’s colleague from the Minnesota Medicaid Agency, Christina Baltes, who is the Manager for her state’s Medicaid payment Error Rate Measurement, has offered to answer your questions about PERM audits. She said, “I want to be able to assist school districts as much as possible ahead of a PERM audit, rather than see them face an error”. Contact her at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.