Audit: DHH paid $1.9M for Medicaid for deceased
BATON ROUGE - A new audit says Louisiana paid nearly $1.9 million last year through the state's privatized Medicaid programs for 1,727 people who had died.
Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office released the audit Monday, looking at fees that the state Department of Health and Hospitals paid in the 2012-13 budget year for privatized Medicaid medical and behavioral health services.
Purpera's office compared payments DHH made to the programs to lists of the deceased obtained through DHH's vital records office.
The auditors found that DHH paid $1.6 million to the five managed care organizations that oversee medical services for Medicaid patients. The review says DHH paid $258,000 to the company managing behavioral health services.
DHH says it will seek repayment from the companies by March 31.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Instant Classic: Zachary's late touchdown lifts Broncos past West Monroe 27-24
Zachary wins back to back titles after late game winning touchdown
John Curtis blows out Catholic High to win their 27th state title
U-High Cubs go back-to-back for first time in program history
Amite snaps 14-year title drought