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Audit shows N.C. overpaid some Medicaid providers

By Associated Press
Posted: March 23, 2014 - 11:00 am ET

A state audit has found the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services paid Medicaid health providers too much.

The News & Observer of Raleigh report says the annual audit of federally funded programs in the agency found several problem areas. DHHS says it has corrected or will fix them all.

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The audit found in a sample of 280 Medicaid claims, 65 of them were paid in error or not properly documented. The state overpaid Medicaid providers $440,000, of which the federal government paid nearly $290,000. The state has a $13 billion Medicaid program where the federal government pays about two-thirds of the costs

The report also found problems with vocational rehabilitation payments and grant payments to local mental health offices for substance-abuse treatment.

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