RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — In response to a recent audit that detailed millions of dollars in misspent money and potential risks to patients, the head of North Carolina’s Medicaid program said Tuesday there are “no excuses.”
As CBS 17 reported last week, the State Auditor found millions of dollars were given to non-qualified health care providers and there was “an increased risk that providers whose actions posed a threat to patient safety were enrolled in Medicaid.”
The auditor said the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services was not properly verifying whether providers, such as doctors, had lost their licenses or had them suspended.
The report identified $15 million in improper payments.
Medicaid is a $14 billion program that provides health coverage to just over two million people, many of whom are lower-income.
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