QUALIFIED INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS
The Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Benefits Improvement and Protection Act (BIPA) of 2000 included provisions aimed at improving the Medicare appeals process. Part of these provisions mandate that all second-level appeals, also known as reconsiderations, be conducted by Qualified Independent Contractors (QICs). Please visit this site for more information on QICs.
For additional information, please visit: http://www.medicare.gov/Basics/finalqicfactsheet.pdf