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Home health care providers say audits are unfair

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Posted: Oct 4, 2011 4:10 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: baton rouge, medicaid, fraud, patients, investigation, wbrz, louisiana, health department

BATON ROUGE - In-home health providers who take care of Louisiana Medicaid patients say they have been unfairly targeted by health department audits that claimed they owed $4.2 million in overpayments and fines. Nearly every provider sanctioned by the audits is appealing the decision.

Jacquelyn Blaney, who runs a Baton Rouge in-home care firm, says in many instances the providers were improperly penalized even though they followed Department of Health and Hospitals rules.

Forty-one companies were reviewed by an accounting firm.

DHH officials say those reviews turned up insufficient documentation for worker training, a lack of criminal background checks on employees, timesheet discrepancies and, in one instance, outright fraud. They say home health care providers haven't been charged the penalties yet and can shrink the money owed if they can provide missing documentation.

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