D.C. to recover money from Medicaid contractor
Washington, D.C., and the federal government reached a $13 million settlement with Glen Allen, Va.-based First Health Services and Greenwood Village, Colo.-based First Data to recover Medicaid money paid out to ineligible patients in the city. According to the Washington Post, the city contracted with First Health Services to track and process Medicaid claims, but the contractor’s automated system contained a flaw that approved claims for thousands of ineligible patients. The contractor and its previous owner, First Data, agreed to repay the city and the federal government for the claims. The settlement “will bring some real money to the District,” Mayor Anthony Williams told the newspaper. “And make no mistake about it, we could use that money right now.” For the complete story, visit http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A27655-2003Apr23.html.