Audits for home providers in medicaid
Audits are coming for every in-home health provider that cares for Medicaid patitients in Louisiana in an attempt to combat fraud that's estimated to cost millions each year. Health and Hospitals Secretary Alan Levine says his agency will contract with up to six accounting firms to conduct the audits and review billings to Medicaid. The audit cost is estimated to be between 2 and 3 million dollars. A sample audit last spring found potential overpayments for services from 2007 to 2008 in nearly 23-percent of the samples. In-home providers care for the elderly and disabled at their homes with tasks ranging from helping with baths and meals to 24-hour monitoring.