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KU expert to develop Medicaid audit plan

September 20, 2006


— An associate professor at the Kansas University School of Nursing will take on the project of developing a plan for the state to resolve a number of Medicaid audits that already have cost Kansas $32.4 million.

Barbara Langner was appointed Tuesday by the Kansas Health Policy Authority as project manager to develop a plan for the authority to correct any Medicaid payment inconsistencies and limit the state's future liability.

Langner has served in numerous state and national health policy initiatives, including several dealing specifically with Medicaid.

Several federal audits have been launched to investigate how Kansas spent funds under Medicaid's school-based health programs from Oct. 1, 1997, to Sept. 30, 2003.

So far, Kansas has lost $32.4 million, and officials have said the state could lose upward of $80 million more. Auditors have alleged a number of inappropriate expenditures, while the state has agreed with some claims and disputed others.

The recently formed Kansas Health Policy Authority, which took over administration of Medicaid, said it would take the lead in correcting any outstanding billing inconsistencies.

Langner will continue teaching a course and taking care of minimal administrative duties at KU, but will be devoting most of her time to her work at the authority. A final salary figure was still being worked on, officials said.


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