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Audit: $718K spent in Louisiana on dead Medicaid patients

1 month 2 weeks 16 hours ago Monday, December 04 2017 Dec 4, 2017 December 04, 2017 11:25 AM December 04, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press
BATON ROUGE - A new audit says the Louisiana Department of Health improperly paid $718,000 over four years for Medicaid patients who were no longer receiving services because they had died.
  
Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office released a report Monday that says the department spent the money between July 2013 and August 2017 for 712 deceased Medicaid patients.
  
Most of the improper spending involved payments made to managed-care companies that oversee services for most of Louisiana's Medicaid patients.
  
The numbers have improved from a previous October 2013 audit that identified $1.85 million in payments over a less-than-two-year period for more than 1,700 Medicaid recipients who had died.
  
The health department says it is correcting problems identified in checking death data against Medicaid records and will work to recoup any improperly-paid dollars.

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