FBI at Health Commission Asking About 21CT | The Texas Tribune

HHSC Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek

by Terri Langford and Aman Batheja, The Texas Tribune FBI agents have interviewed employees at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission about its problematic contract with Austin firm 21CT, Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek told The Texas Tribune, marking the first time an official with direct knowledge of the federal probe has confirmed it. “I can tell you what I know. I’ve heard … [Read more...]

Xerox and HHSC Both Fouling Up Like Crazy on Contracts Again

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These two organizations can't seem but foul up in Texas. Both are again under the gun for their contract performance - Xerox with the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) and the Health and Human Services Commission for contract irregularities with privatizing the Terrell State Hospital. Xerox got TXDOT contact while in Medicaid mess Xerox is taking heat because it is fouling up the … [Read more...]

Pay Up or Go Bankrupt: The Smile Magic Settlement

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The news that Smile Magic Dental clinics recently settled with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Office of Inspector General over allegations of Medicaid fraud confirms what TDMR has been saying for a long time – that the purpose of the large volume of orthodontic and dental fraud allegations against Medicaid dentists has been to either force them into bankruptcy or extort large … [Read more...]

Study Shows Caregivers Very Happy with Texas Medicaid Child Dental Care

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The Texas Health and Human Services Commission just released a report last week authored by the Institute for Child Health Policy at the University of Florida. The report evaluates the health care experiences and satisfaction of the caregivers of children and adolescents under foster care in this state's STAR Medicaid program between December 2011 and May 2012. Dentists rated 8.8 out of 10 for … [Read more...]

State Medicaid Investigations Produce Paltry Results | The Texas Tribune

$87 OIG Badges

by Terri Langford On a rainy day in February three years ago, about 30 men and women recently hired by the state filed into a dull government classroom to begin a week of training for their new positions. Texas funnels a river of federal and state money — at that time $28 billion and change each year — out to doctors, dentists, labs and other medical providers to pay them for treating … [Read more...]

House Bill Would Require Medicaid Providers to Get an Overpayment Hearing at SOAH

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Rep. Bobby Guerra filed H.B. No. 3023 this week.  The purpose of the bill is to make it mandatory for Medicaid providers to get an overpayment hearing before the State Office of Administrative Hearings if they dispute an recoupment demand from the Health and Human Services Committee Office of Inspector General. The bill would force OIG to set the hearing there and removes the option of a … [Read more...]

Weslaco Health Care Compliance Seminar a Success – Seminars in Dallas, Houston To Be Held

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This past Friday, TDMR and the Medicaid Providers Alliance held a successful health care compliance seminar at the Knapp Medical Conference Center in Weslaco. A room-capacity 72 dental providers attended and were informed that the Academy of General Dentistry had just a few days before approved the seminar for three hours of continuing education credit. Health care compliance programs … [Read more...]

Senators Angry at Janek – Another Call for Resignation

HHSC Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek

Sen. Joan Huffman added her voice to those Texas politicians calling for the resignation of Health and Human Services Commission Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek yesterday per the Houston Chronicle.  Huffman wasn't satisfied with Janek's answers nor his demeanor while answering questions before the Senate Finance Committee. Huffman is quoted as saying: "There were so many important issues that … [Read more...]

Was Jack Stick Sanctioned by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct before Working at HHSC?

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With the press pounding out incredible stories about Jack Stick’s tenure at the Health and Human Services Commission and its Office of Inspector General, would it be surprising to learn that Stick, before he came to HHSC, had possibly earned a sanction from the State Commission on Judicial Conduct because he had “persistently failed to follow the law and demonstrated a pattern of failure to … [Read more...]

Florida On The Ball on Medicaid Fraud

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An investigator from the Florida Office of Attorney General Medicaid Fraud Control Unit confirmed yesterday that an arrest had been made for Medicaid fraud. $6.7 billion in Medicaid waste, fraud and abuse nationwide Had their office uncovered a major Medicaid fraud ring, costing Florida taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars?  After all, the federal Health and Human Services Office of … [Read more...]

Medicaid “Docs Trying to Do Right Thing” – Legislators Concerned OIG Driving Providers Out of System

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This past Monday, the House Human Services Committee held a hearing about the current status of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Office of Inspector General. A lot has happened in the last two months since the devastating hearings before the Sunset Advisory Commission in early December . OIG scandal plagued since December Since then: Inspector General Doug Wilson and … [Read more...]

Former Employees Now Talking about Stick and HHSC/OIG Toxic Environment

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Former Health and Human Services Commission chief counsel Jack Stick's name was again prominent in the Houston Chronicle yesterday. Former employees coming forward Former employees of HHSC and the HHSC-Office of Inspector General where Stick worked earlier as deputy inspector general for enforcement are now talking to the press with their tales of Stick's excesses that led to their firings. … [Read more...]

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