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Louisiana Cracks Down on Medicaid Fraud

by Benjamin Domenech on July 19, 2010

This Health Care News article reports on Louisiana’s method of battling Medicaid fraud that has resulted in positive outcomes on the state level:

“A joint effort of Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) Secretary Alan Levine and Attorney General Buddy Caldwell to combat Medicaid fraud is yielding positive results for Louisiana taxpayers. According to DHH, the use of a joint Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) has allowed state officials to significantly expedite identification of improper payments from a total value of $1.9 million in 2005 and $1.4 million in 2007 to more than $6.2 million in the 2009 fiscal year. DHH’s recovery rate via collections likewise increased from $1.6 million in fiscal year 2005 to $5.85 million in fiscal year 2009, with the total number of recoupments increasing from 234 incidents in 2005 to 516 in fiscal year 2009.”

Read the full report here.

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