Medicaid Fraud Case Fails in New York County – Moving Way too Slow
Posted Nov 22 2009 10:01pm
From what I am reading here, this somewhat makes a case for some better software and is part of the reason I think that private industry has had a leap on securing some of this type of business, like in the State of Washington and now we have insurance company interests engrained in government operations even tighter. Ingenix has quite a few contracts of such.
Private industry may have better software for detecting, but can we trust them? This makes me think back to Ingenix and all the emerging lawsuits over the data base that was declared illegal and fought by the Attorney General of New York for sending more fees back to patients to pay.
Do you hand out contracts to companies that lost battles in court over illegal transactions and is this how they get awarded due to government failures either with their own software or contract problems? BD
GOSHEN — Two years ago, Orange County enlisted three firms to scour medical billing records and help recover an estimated $2 million per year misspent in the single largest expense in the county budget, Medicaid.
By this time, county officials planned to have audited 25 businesses they targeted through an initial screening of Medicaid bills.
But to date, only two audits have been done, no funds have been recovered and the future of the investigation is uncertain.
But after contracting with two law firms and an accounting firm to conduct the work, Orange County officials grew so frustrated with the state's oversight that they effectively quit the program in 2008 to audit providers on their own.