Posted: Jan 23, 2013 6:09 PM by Mike Steele
Updated: Jan 23, 2013 7:02 PM
BATON ROUGE- Medicare and medicaid abuse nationally costs taxpayers tens of billions of dollars. To help prevent abuse here, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is hiring an inspector general.
DHH Secretary Bruce Greenstein says recent state audits have shown a need for greater payment controls involving Medicaid. He says the current abuse prevention involves tracking down waste often years after bogus payments are made. Greenstein says the new office will stop some of those payments from ever being made.
There is no timeline for the position to be filled. Greenstein says the inspector general position was created after the retirement of two chief auditors.