WV Senate Panel Oks Measure to Move Medicaid Fraud Unit to AG Office

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s push to take control of the state’s Medicaid scams system cleared its very first difficulty Tuesday.

The Senate Government Organization Committee advanced legislation (SB500) that would move the scams system from the Department of Health and Human Resources to Morrisey’s workplace.

” The Office of Attorney General will do an exceptional job in managing this system,” Morrisey informed state legislators. “We have to be a lot more aggressive in pursuing scams.”.

The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit has actually recuperated $56 million throughout the previous 5 years, DHHR authorities stated. The system examines Medicaid receivers and doctor repaid with Medicaid funds.

DHHR opposes the move.

” The system is succeeding and carrying out well where it is,” stated Kathy Lawson, DHHR inspector general. “We see no need to uproot it and move it to another company.”.

Morrisey stated chief law officers in 43 states run Medicaid scams systems. West Virginia has a lower recovery rate than most states, he stated.

” The efforts to pursue Medicaid scams have actually not been extensively effective the previous couple of years,” Morrisey stated. “West Virginia can do better.”.

Morrisey stated DHHR wasn’t using the current “data-mining” strategies to recognize scams. He stated his workplace would be more aggressive.

” I think we can bring a fresh set of eyes,” he stated.

Asked just how much money the system would recuperate under his watch, Morrisey stated, “Until we have the ability to take a look at the bowels of the Medicaid scams system and determine the existing staff and present analytics, it’s difficult to put a particular number on it.”.

DHHR Secretary Bill Crouch informed legislators the Medicaid scams system was poised to recuperate more money this year.

” We wish to get as much scams from the system as possible,” he stated. “We’re going to do that.”.

Under the expense, Morrisey would take control of the Medicaid scams system in October.

The legislation next goes to the Senate Judiciary Committee.