State overbilled Medicaid $15B for disabled care

Medicaid payments to care for New York's disabled population will be cut by about $1 billion a year to make up for past overpayments, reported the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

The state received about $15 billion in Medicaid overpayments to care for its disabled population over the past 20 years, including $1.3 billion in 2011, according to Penny Thompson, deputy director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services. The feds knew about the overbilling since 2007, when the Poughkeepsie Journal published a series of articles regarding the high cost of caring for disabled patients enrolled in Medicaid. Article

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