Louisiana first in recovered Medicaid fraud money
BATON ROUGE - State health officials said recent figures show Louisiana led the nation in recovered Medicaid fraud funds last year.
The Department of Health and Hospitals said the state Medicaid fraud unit recovered more than $124 million during the past fiscal year, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
The numbers showed that represented nearly 2 percent of all spent Medicaid dollars in Louisiana. On average, states recover less than 0.6 percent of their respective Medicaid budgets.
DHH Secretary Kathy Kliebert credited the work done by their Program Integrity division, and their improving relationship with the Attorney General's Office.
"We take fraud and abuse of the Medicaid system very seriously in Louisiana," Kliebert said.
Kliebert also said a number of improvements were being made in the division to help continue to combat Medicaid fraud, as well as spot and correct billing errors.
People who know about suspected cases of Medicaid fraud can find more information on DHH's website.