Posted: Dec 12, 2013 12:10 PM
Updated: Dec 12, 2013 12:10 PM
Source: Associated Press
BATON ROUGE - The Department of Health and Hospitals has hired a new person to help identify fraud and waste in Medicaid spending.
William Root will serve as the chief compliance officer.
The department has gone more than two years without its own auditor.
DHH Secretary Kathy Kleibert says Root will oversee a three-person staff.
The health department is the largest in state government, spending $9 billion a year.
The move comes after revelations from Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's Office that documented fraud and improperly-paid claims for services at DHH, repeatedly citing the lack of an internal audit division as a problem.
Purpera says he's encouraged that DHH is rebuilding its internal auditing.