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Audit: $718K Spent In Louisiana On Dead Medicaid Patients

Audit comes in the wake of proposed changes by House Republicans for how private companies manage Louisiana Medicaid care.



BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A new audit says the Louisiana Department of Health improperly paid $718,000 over four years for Medicaid patients who were no longer receiving services because they had died.

Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office released a report Monday that says the department spent the money between July 2013 and August 2017 for 712 deceased Medicaid patients.

Most of the improper spending involved payments made to managed-care companies that oversee services for most of Louisiana's Medicaid patients.

The numbers have improved from a previous October 2013 audit that identified $1.85 million in payments over a less-than-two-year period for more than 1,700 Medicaid recipients who had died.

The health department says it is correcting problems identified in checking death data against Medicaid records and will work to recoup any improperly-paid dollars.

The audit comes in the wake of a list House Republicans have made of proposed changes they want to see made to deals with the private companies that manage care for 1.5 million Louisiana Medicaid recipients. Read more here.

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