NM Senate passes bill to prevent prematurely cutting off Medicaid funding to providers

The New Mexico Senate passed a bill last week that would require government officials to provide credible allegations of fraud or overpayments before cutting of Medicaid funding to providers, according to the Associated Press. The bill comes on the heels of actions taken by the state against 15 mental health providers in 2013. In February, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas released the long-awaited 355-page audit, which revealed unsubstantiated allegations of fraud and abuse, FierceHealthPayer: AntiFraud previously reported. According to the AP, the legislation would define a "credible allegation of fraud" and require the Human Services Department to allow providers to correct clerical errors before revoking funding. Rep. Daniel Ivey-Soto (D-Albuquerque) told the AP the legislation would prevent unnecessary disruption of services. Article