Corporate Compliance

Kansas recovers $17 million in Medicaid overpayments

Compliance Monitor, February 11, 2009

Kansas’ Medicaid program recovered more than $17 million in 2008 from multi-state litigation and cases against providers who commit fraud and abuse.
These recoveries are a record for the Kansas Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division, according to a press release from the attorney general’s office. The division recovered approximately $4.1 million in 2007 and just $759,756 in 2006. Recoveries in 2008 stem from 24 criminal cases, as well as multi-state lawsuits including Merck, GlaxoSmithKline, Walgreens, and Cephalon.
“During this time of economic uncertainty, it is critical that we do what we can to eliminate waste by cracking down on those who defraud the Medicaid system or commit fraud and abuse,” Attorney General Steve Six said. “We are working to reduce fraud and waste in the Medicaid program that costs Kansas taxpayers millions each year.”

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