Judge: New Mexico Human Services Dept. violated due process law – The Taos News: News

In a harsh rebuke of the 2013 behavioral health shake-up that thrust mental health care for indigent New Mexicans into disarray, a Santa Fe judge on Friday ruled that the state Human Services Department had denied due process to one of the providers accused of fraud. State District Judge Francis Mathew ordered the department to hold a hearing that would allow Santa Fe-based Easter Seals El … [Read more...]

HHSC Ditching Anti-Fraud Initiative Started by Stick

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The following is republished from the Texas Tribune: When Jack Stick became the deputy inspector general of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission in 2012, he saw an opportunity to help investigators beef up their production in bringing potential fraud cases forward. For the first time, general investigators — who review whether recipients of food stamps, Children’s Medicaid and other … [Read more...]

CEO of Austin firm at center of scandal defends practices of the company – San Antonio Express-News

HOUSTON — The leader of the company at the center of Texas’s contracting scandal on Friday defended her firm and explained its recent controversial political donations but declined to provide specifics about the value it gave the state. CEO Irene Williams said that Austin technology company 21CT should be celebrated as a Texas small business and embodiment of the American dream, but instead has … [Read more...]

January Trial Delayed Until June For Rockwall’s Dr. Jacques Roy, Accused Of Historic Medicaid Fraud « D Healthcare Daily

A Rockwall man who the feds say is at the center of one of the largest schemes to bilk Medicaid in history has once again had his trial delayed. Jacques A. Roy’s long-delayed criminal trial was set to begin on January 5. It has been pushed back, yet again, until June 15, court documents show. Roy was the owner of the DeSoto-based Medistat Group Associates, a business that cost the Centers for … [Read more...]

Embattled Tech Firm Keeps State Contract | The Texas Tribune

While a mushrooming scandal complete with state and federal investigations prompted two Texas state agencies to cancel contracts with Austin technology outfit 21CT last month, the state of Texas has not completely cut ties with the company. The Texas secretary of state’s office confirmed Thursday that it is maintaining a contract signed in 2012 with 21CT, also known as 21st Century Technologies … [Read more...]

Contract records are kept secret, as lawmakers call for… | www.mystatesman.com

At the same time that Texas lawmakers are calling for more transparency at the state’s sprawling Health and Human Services Commission, officials there effectively have blocked the flow of public records that could provide answers to questions surrounding an unfolding contract scandal. Officials at the health agency — currently the subject of inquiries by the FBI and others for its dealings with … [Read more...]

Austin firm ranked below other tech companies before receiving no-bid contract – San Antonio Express-News

AUSTIN - Months before 21CT landed what is now the most controversial contract in Texas, it had to get approved to be eligible for no-bid state projects, and its effort did not start particularly well. Hindered by a lack of experience, among other factors, the local technology company placed 35th out of 60 applicants in the initial evaluation for potential approval under the type of software it … [Read more...]

Coleman asks 21CT to reveal its investors; firm says it has none – Texas Politics

AUSTIN — Hours after a Houston state lawmaker called on the company at the center of a no-bid contract scandal to disclose its investors, the CEO said in a blog post it firm has none. Seeking a subtle way to quell building speculation about whether the company has politically-connected investors, CEO Irene Williams said in a short post that she is proud to be one of only “a few women in Texas … [Read more...]

Former 21CT lobbyist fires back against company embroiled in… | www.mystatesman.com

The former lobbyist for the Austin tech company whose Medicaid anti-fraud contract is now the subject of criminal investigations is firing back at his former employer, accusing 21CT of trying to intimidate him into silence after he talked to the American-Statesman. Lobbyist James Frinzi filed a motion Wednesday in state district court in Travis County that claims 21CT executives unjustly sued … [Read more...]

TxDOT Spends Millions in Tuition Reimbursements | The Texas Tribune

When it comes to reimbursing state employees for education costs, the Texas Department of Transportation is far more generous than other state agencies. After reporting this month that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission paid a top aide's $97,020 MBA tuition, The Texas Tribune took a closer look at how much state agencies reimburse employees for education costs. Of the $23.8 million … [Read more...]

Trial begins for Idaho dentist

Jan. 21--The trial for a Pullman dentist accused of four counts of Medicaid fraud began late Tuesday afternoon in Latah County. After a lengthy morning spent selecting jurors, attorneys gave their opening statements a little past 2 p.m. in the trial against 69-year-old Alfred Fairbanks. "Mr. Fairbanks had a plan, and that plan was to get money he was not entitled to," said Kendal McDevitt, … [Read more...]

Montana GOP bill: Hire outside vendor to check for welfare fraud

HELENA – A Republican state senator from Billings Wednesday presented a key piece of GOP plans to reform Medicaid and public-assistance programs in Montana: A bill to hire an outside contractor to verify the eligibility of welfare applicants. “If we don’t think there is a problem, we’re kidding ourselves,” said Sen. Cary Smith. “If you’re not checking, if you’re not verifying, there are going … [Read more...]

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