Report: Kansas Improperly Claimed $10.7M in Medicaid Reimbursements

 — Kansas improperly billed Medicaid for nearly $11 million in school-based health services, a government watchdog has found.

In a report released Monday, the inspector general for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services determined that Kansas received $10.75 million in unallowable reimbursements for services provided during the one-year period from July 1, 2009, through June 30, 2010. Docum

The overcharges occurred because the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s Division of Health Care Finance “did not have adequate policies and procedures” to monitor the program and to ensure it complied with state and federal requirements, the report stated.

The KDHE division administers the program, which allows states to use Medicaid to help pay for physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, psychological counseling and other “medically necessary” services provided to schoolchildren.

KDHE in 2006 contracted with Public Consulting Group Inc., a private contractor, to oversee parts of the program.

The inspector general is recommending that Kansas refund the money to the federal government.

Read the Kansas Health Institute article and see the full report here…