2011-09-02 / Top Stories

Auditors Block Medicaid Payments

New York State stopped more than $2.3 million in Medicaid overpayments after an audit found errors in the Department of Health’s eMedNY computer payment system, according to a report released by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. The report is a six-month summary of the comptroller’s ongoing audits of payments made to Medicaid providers.

“The state continues to face tough fiscal constraints and we have to be ever vigilant of how taxpayers’ money is spent,” DiNapoli said. “DOH has to do an even better job stopping overpayments and recouping money that should never have gone out the door.”

DOH administers the State’s Medicaid program. DOH’s eMedNY computer system processes Medicaid claims submitted by providers for services rendered to Medicaid eligible recipients and generates payments to reimburse the providers for their claims. During the six-month period ended September 30, 2010, eMedNY processed 163 million claims worth $24 billion.

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