La. ranks #1 in recovered Medicaid fraud money

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Baton Rouge, La. - State health officials said recent figures show Louisiana led the nation in recovered Medicaid fraud funds last year.

The Department of Health and Hospitals released details in a news release on Tuesday. DHH says the state Medicaid fraud unit recovered more than $124 million during the past fiscal year, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The numbers showed that represented nearly 2 percent of all spent Medicaid dollars in Louisiana. On average, states recover less than 0.6 percent of their respective Medicaid budgets.

DHH Secretary Kathy Kliebert credited the work done by their Program Integrity division, and the agency's improving relationship with the Attorney General's Office.

"We take fraud and abuse of the Medicaid system very seriously in Louisiana," Kliebert said.

Kliebert also said a number of improvements were being made in the division to help continue to combat Medicaid fraud, as well as detect and correct billing errors.