Clinical Research Calendar Review & Analysis Office (CRAO)

Calendar Review: Two puzzle pieces before calendar and clock

The Clinical Research Calendar Review & Analysis Office (CRAO), which is a part of the Medical School Office of Research and was formerly known as the Clinical Research Billing Unit (CRBU), was created to ensure items/services that research teams intend to bill to Medicare and other third party payers are consistent with federal regulations.

Mission:

The mission of the Calendar Review & Analysis Office (CRAO) is to complete a Medicare Coverage Analysis (MCA) and billing calendar review for all Human Subject Clinical Trials that have billable items and services to ensure consistency with the five core documents which are the Protocol, Informed Consent, Billing Calendar, Budget, and Contract and to allow for the appropriate adjudication of charges.

Vision:
The CRAO’s vision is to support and collaborate with researchers and study teams to produce a uniform process for the Clinical Research Billing Calendar, Budget and Enrollment. We provide stellar customer service and foster partnerships with various other research support areas internal and external to UMHS.

Goal:
To ensure the Clinical Research Billing process is universally utilized throughout the research continuum at UMHS and is compliant with Medicare guidelines and rules.

 

The Calendar Review & Analysis Office (CRAO)
In 2007, the Health System created a Clinical Research Billing Unit (CRBU) — now called the Clinical Research Calendar Review & Analysis Office (CRAO) — which is a part of the Medical School Office of Research. This unit was created to ensure items/services that research teams intend to bill to Medicare and other third party payers are consistent with federal regulations. The CRAO process is a QA process to ensure that all of your study documents (protocol, consent, budgets, contracts/grants, billing calendar, etc.) align with each other and do not conflict with any federal or institutional policies related to research billing. All clinical research that involves billable items and services are required to create a billing calendar and submit it to the CRAO along with the study documents. All billing calendars are required to be built using MBECT (Michigan Budget Enrollment Calendar Tool). MBECT requires access to be granted to users so, it is important to contact the MBECT Helpdesk for assistance at 764-5669 or CRAO-MBECT-help@med.umich.edu. Training is available via MLearning as well as hands on training. Please visit the MBECT section of our website for additional information.