Travis DA to open criminal probe of $110M contract award – Houston Chronicle

Travis County DA opens investigation

AUSTIN – The Travis County District Attorney's office and the Texas State Auditor will investigate how a company here won $110 million in state contracts without any competition, officials announced Thursday as the deals drew increasing condemnation and calls for reform. Gregg Cox, director of the district attorney's Public Integrity Unit, said he expects to open a criminal inquiry following … [Read more...]

Perry, senator call for investigations of contracts with tech firm | www.statesman.com

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A spokesman for House Speaker Joe Straus on Thursday said the House will propose “a budget in January that requires much more stringent reporting on contracts by state agencies and institutions.” Jason Embry sent the statement in response to inquiries about how the lawmakers might respond to the revelation that state health officials awarded no-bid contracts to 21CT, an Austin data analytics … [Read more...]

Media Fire Burning Hotter for Stick and HHSC on Contract Dispute

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Within the last 24 hours, major media in Texas have published stories on their continuing investigations into former OIG deputy inspector general for enforcement Jack Stick and his allegedly favored treatment of an Austin software company for Medicaid fraud detection software. Links to the stories: Houston Chronicle - "State stretched no-bid program to help local company" Austin American … [Read more...]

State stretched no-bid program to help local company – Houston Chronicle

AUSTIN - The powerful Texas Health and Human Services Commission official who resigned last week stretched the boundaries of a little-known state purchasing program to ensure a local company would not face competition for a $110 million contract, according to interviews and a review of recent government purchases. The official, Jack Stick, used the program to award a massive Medicaid fraud … [Read more...]

Reform sought for agency investigating health, human services fraud – Reporter News

We can no longer have an OIG that accuses providers of fraud, presumes them guilty, and denies them due process.” via Reform sought for agency investigating health, human services fraud - Reporter News. … [Read more...]

No More Paper Prescriptions: Docs Fight Fraud by Going Electronic

New York State is going paperless, at least when it comes to drugs. A deadline imposed by the New York State Department of Health is rapidly approaching, to make New York State one of the first to axe state-issued prescription pads. By March 27, 2015, all prescriptions in the state of New York must be filed electronically. The last arm of New York’s 2012 I-STOP legislation, universal … [Read more...]

Second HHSC Contract Scrapped Amid Bidding Questions | The Texas Tribune

Jack Stick resigned last week as top lawyer for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. Nine months before Jack Stick resigned as the top lawyer for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission amid concerns over a $110 million no-bid contract awarded on his watch, he urged the same vendor to contact a sister agency -- the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services -- for … [Read more...]

Texas Medicaid fraud contract unfairly awarded to 21CT, rivals… | www.mystatesman.com

ndustry rivals of an Austin tech company, whose pending $90 million no-bid contract extension was stripped last week, say Texas health officials misled them when they competed for a Medicaid fraud contract, which they now allege was tailor-made for the winner, 21CT. Jack Stick, the top attorney for the Health and Human Services Commission who steered millions of dollars in business to 21CT, … [Read more...]

Tennessee dentist and daughter accused of TennCare fraud

After receiving information from the Rogersville Police Department, TBI Agents began investigating Ronald James on February 5. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that in November and December 2013, James prescribed Hydrocodone for a TennCare recipient who was not his patient. Agents further learned the medications were intended for James’ daughter, Hayley … [Read more...]

Florida county commissioner accused of fraud at medical offices he owns

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla — More than 7,000 patients have trusted their health to Medi MD, but the owners of the clinics in St. Johns County are facing page after page of serious accusations.Action News was there in October, when the state's Medicaid Fraud Unit seized thousands of documents and computer files, and the reasons why have just been made public with the release of two 20-plus page search … [Read more...]

Ex-Texas Health Official defends his decision to award no-bid contract to 21CT

Jack Stick, one of the elite health officials and former chief counsel for Texas Health and Human Services resigned Friday. This development took place because Stick had awarded $110 million contract to the Austin tech company 21CT in a no-bid contract. Officials latter concluded that that the contract was unfairly awarded and as a result the agency also terminated the contracts. Stick defended … [Read more...]

How one Texas official directed millions to Austin tech firm 21CT | www.mystatesman.com

During a March 2012 webinar, a top Texas health official said his office was implementing a revolutionary tool to help Medicaid fraud investigators find bad guys: graph pattern analysis.“Graph pattern analysis is really the next line of defense for this office,” said Jack Stick, then-deputy inspector in the state health agency’s Office of Inspector General, speaking to the National Conference of … [Read more...]

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