AG’s office recovers $6.2M in Medicaid fraud

In the year it recovered the $6.2 million in Medicaid fraud payments, the attorney general’s fraud unit received $2.1 million in federal funding, meaning it recovered about $3 for every $1 spent.Congress expanded the authority of state and federal agencies to root out Medicaid fraud when it passed the Affordable Care Act in 2010.But many health care providers say efforts to recover money defrauded from the program have become too aggressive and that botched prosecutions can do lasting damage to a state’s health care network.A 2015 news release announced the Attorney General’s Office was charging the Carlsbad Mental Health Center and four of its executives with eight counts of Medicaid fraud and one count of fraud involving non-Medicaid funds.“We will aggressively defend victims of fraud and abuse by prosecuting providers who violate the public trust,” Balderas said in the news release.

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