State collects $250K in fines from private Medicaid managers

BATON ROUGE (AP) — The private companies that manage care for most of Louisiana’s Medicaid patients recently paid $250,000 in fines for inaccurate record-keeping, the state health department said Monday, on the eve of a legislative hearing digging into agency oversight of the companies.

The companies had incorrect records for health providers enrolled with each managed-care plan, the health department said, including inaccuracies in online data used by Medicaid patients to search for providers, make appointments and determine if the doctor is taking new patients.

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