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Kansas AG’s office: Millions recovered in Medicaid fraud cases

February 3, 2009

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More than $17 million was recovered last year by the Kansas Attorney General’s office in a crackdown on Medicaid fraud.

That is four times the amount of recoveries made in 2007 and 23 times more than recovered in 2006, Attorney General Steve Six said.

“During this time of economic uncertainty, it is critical that we do what we can to eliminate waste by cracking down on those who defraud the Medicaid system or commit fraud and abuse,” Six said.

The attorney general’s Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division investigates and prosecutes fraud committed by providers in the Medicaid program. The division also reviews complaints and pursues prosecution for the physical abuse or neglect of Medicaid recipients.

The crackdown involved multi-state litigation and criminal prosecution. In 2008 the Medicaid unit filed 24 criminal cases resulting in restitution orders. Multi-state lawsuits resulted in restitution from companies that included Merck, Glasco SmithKline, Walgreens, Cephalon and others.

Comments

Liberty275 5 years, 10 months ago

If the new administration passes some form of universal medicaid, we will see $170 billion in fraud across America. Of course, that wouldn't be as bad as the 900 billion in "stimulus" that will spend more money on condoms than roads in Lawrence, but still, it would be pretty bad.

KS 5 years, 10 months ago

The State of Kansas hasn't even scratched the surface when it comes to cleaning up Medicaid fraud. They could save millions on social programs by getting people off the program that should not be on it. There are people who need the help and are waiting in line due to the fraud.

redmoonrising 5 years, 10 months ago

Can't for the life of me figure out why so many people try so hard to find ways to gain monies they don't deserve rather than earning it honestly. So those who need them can't get them and these jerks continue nursing the government cow at our expense. And now, by doing so, they have cut off some programs for those seriously in need. Food stamps is another. I stood in line at the grocery store behind a woman dressed very nicely with lots of expensive looking jewelry who paid with food stamps. Whem I came out, she was getting into a new Cadillac. I suppose she was shopping for her "mother" who is also on Medicaid. We bitch about paying for the programs and rightfully so. But should we ever need them, we've most likely wasted our money on those bent on beating the system, leaving nothing left. And sometimes it's the system itself. When my disabled child qualified for SSI, he of course got Medicare a year later. But at the time they told us he was eligible for Medicaid and food stamps. We passed as he worked part-time, lived with us and didn't need them. He now gets living assistance, has Medicaid but pays for it as he is still working at that same job 22 years later. And his SSI check goes to the state each month as part of his living assistance leaving him with only his salary from his part-time, minimum wage job. And this is not a complaint, he is very fortunate.I've heard people brag about how they "beat" the system and spend their whole lives after one minor injury living off public assistance. Who follows up on these? Are doctors willingly giving false information? Like I said, I just don't get it. It's like that field of dreams, if you build it, they will come. Sadly, the they is often not who it was built for.

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