Auditor notes fraud fund deficiencies

The American Press

<p class="p1">Medicaid fraud is an ongoing problem for the state, and the Medical Assistance Programs Fraud Fund needs to be fully funded to assure taxpayers aren’t being ripped off.</p><p class="p3">Louisiana Legislative Auditor Daryl G. Purpera noted in a recent report deficiencies in the fund for both the Louisiana Department of Health and the Office of the Attorney General due to lack of procedures to identify monies that should be deposited into the fund.</p><p class="p3">“As a result,” auditors said, “LDH did not deposit $2.8 million and the AG did not deposit $712,713 into the fund (more commonly known as the Medicaid Fraud Fund) in accordance with state law. Specifically, LDH did not deposit $2,797,768 in fines and penalties assessed between fiscal years 2012 and 2017 into the fund until February 2018.”</p><p class="p3">Also in fiscal year 2016, the AG deposited $712,713 less than the amount indicated by its own memos. In addition, the AG could not provide memos to support $23,782 in deposits made into the fund between fiscal years 2013 and 2O15.</p><p class="p3">LDH also incorrectly deposited $323,570 into the fund in fiscal year 2012 that should have been placed into the Nursing Home Residents’ Trust Fund. LDH staff told auditors that deposits into the Medicaid Fraud Fund made before fiscal year 2012 may also have been improper because the memos for these monies did not clearly specify where they were to be deposited.</p><p class="p3">Purpera noted the purpose of the Medicaid Fraud Fund is to pay the state share of the operations of the AG’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, which is responsible for investigating and prosecuting Medicaid provider fraud.</p><p class="p3">The AG spent nearly $7.1 million between fiscal years 2012 and 2017 from the fund for the MFCU, in accordance with state law, according to Pupera.</p><p class="p3">Medicaid is a growing expense for Louisiana taxpayers and all fraud and abuse needs to be eradicated. The funds that make Medicaid fraud prosecutions possible, need to be fully funded.</p>””Audit finds deficiencies

Crime

UPDATE: Moss Bluff man resentenced in death of CrossFit runner

Local News

Governor, DOTD celebrate substantial completion of I-10 widening project

Crime

State Police investigating officer-involved shooting in LC

Local News

High probability of tropical development in southern Gulf of Mexico

Local News

West Nile Virus reported in Big Lake area

Crime

Texas teenager charged in Vinton nightclub shooting

life

Work of LC native Foad Satterfield on display in New York’s Malin Gallery

Local News

Calcasieu Police Jury targeting blighted properties

Local News

Jeff Davis School Board agrees to one-time pay supplement for employees

Local News

Mayor gives two-year post-Hurricane Laura update

life

Local bakery giving away 250 bundtlets on Sept. 1

Local News

$3M more in FEMA money to be dedicated to Iowa, LaGrange high school repairs

Local News

Allen Parish a top district for one-year growth on LEAP test

Local News

OLQH students gather for long-standing tradition

life

Monica Smith’s teaching career began with Tiny Steps

Local News

Pro Watercross: National championships return to LC this weekend

Jim Beam

Jim Beam column:What’s latest on our voting?

Crime

LaGrange student arrested for bringing gun to school

life

Mom’s school lunches look complicated, but they’re not

Local News

Entergy customers will pay $3.2 billion to reimburse company for repair costs

Local News

United Way to open Entergy Utility Assistance Program Wednesday

Local News

Low potential for tropical cyclone development in southwest Gulf

Crime

8/16: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff announces arrest list

Local News

Elton water services to be shut off at 4 p.m. today