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Published October 21, 2010, 07:33 PM

ND Auditor Says Medicaid Fraud Not Tracked

A new audit of North Dakota's Medicaid program says the Department of Human Services doesn't put enough emphasis on detecting fraud.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A new audit of North Dakota's Medicaid program says the Department of Human Services doesn't put enough emphasis on detecting fraud.

The audit says agency managers treat Medicaid overpayments as mistakes, instead of as possible attempts to steal from the system. It says there are problems in payments to Medicaid clients and medical providers who get money for services.

The audit says medical providers who are overpaid are asked to give the money back, but they aren't penalized.

It suggests North Dakota should create a special unit to investigate Medicaid fraud. North Dakota is the only state in the nation without a Medicaid fraud unit.

State auditors presented the report to a North Dakota legislative oversight committee on Thursday.

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