Another HHS-OIG audit about to be released of the Texas Medicaid program will cost Texas another $30 million, according to a story in this morning’s Austin American Statesman. The federal audit covers 2011 for non-emergency medical transportation services.
The article reports that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission “improperly claimed Medicaid reimbursements in 70 out of the 90 claims” the feds looked at. That’s an error rate of 78%.
It appears there were a number of program violations such as “transportation providers not verifying that they completed background checks; not offering driver drug testing information; and not providing driver history checks, the audit shows…some providers transporting children without a parent or legal guardian and providers not proving that vehicles have current state registrations and inspections.”
No credible allegations of fraud mentioned. No payment holds.
Once the audit is released, a link will be provided in this article.
UPDATE: The audit is available here.