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Maryland May Owe up to $5.8 Million to the Feds



From The Daily Record:

A recent audit of Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General revealed the state was not eligible to receive some of the federal reimbursement it claimed for medication administered by doctors.

As a result, Maryland is obligated to refund more than $3.5 million to the federal government. State officials and representatives from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will also need to review an additional $2.3 million that Maryland received to determine whether the state is eligible to keep the money.

Deputy Secretary for Healthcare Financing at Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Chuck Milligan said the errors occurred because the computer system was being modified to work with Obamacare.

Milligan said Maryland’s Medicaid Management Information System did not collect the national drug codes correctly because it was being updated to work with other programs, such as the Affordable Care Act.

Milligan said the work on the payment system was completed prior to the start of this fiscal year, and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will refund the federal government the $3.5 million it owes by the end of the month.


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