Posted: Sep 9, 2010 10:48 AM
Updated: Sep 9, 2010 10:49 AM
Source: Associated Press
Thousands of Louisiana doctors must repay $17 million in overpayments they received from the state last year because the Department of Health and Hospitals failed to make Medicaid budget cuts on time.
The physicians who provide health care for the poor through the government health insurance program will start getting notices Sept. 22 on just how much they owe.
Amy Phillips, general counsel for the Louisiana State Medical Society, told The Advocate the problem has caught doctors by surprise.
DHH Undersecretary Jerry Phillips says the culprit is an antiquated system used to pay health providers. He says it takes months to change thousands of codes to reflect budget cuts. During the reprogramming, doctors received the higher, pre-budget cut rates that they shouldn't be getting.