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City May Owe Feds Millions for Bad Medicaid Claims

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty announced today that the District may owe millions of dollars to the federal government because of improper documentation to support Medicaid claims filed on behalf of the city's neediest residents.

Julie Hudman, director of the city's newly formed Department of Healthcare Finance, said that according to audits dating to 2004 the school system and the Child and Family Services Agency failed to provide the proper paperwork to support many of its claims.

"In some cases we don't have any documentation that show that work was ever done," said Hudman, adding that the city offers a range of services to children who have special needs or are in special education programs provided by private contractors who are paid by the federal government.

Hudman said that in some cases documentation was submitted for work that was never done, in others no documentation was submitted for completed work, and still in others the documentation submitted was not properly completed.

Fenty held a joint news conference with David Cantania -- chairman of the council committee on health -- in an effort to show the city is taking a proactive effort to manange services for children with special needs.

Hudman said they plan to work out a negotiated settlement with the federal government to pay back the money, but are trying to determine how much money they owe.

Hamil R. Harris

By Marcia Davis  |  November 21, 2008; 12:50 PM ET
Categories:  Mayor Fenty  
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Comments

I just cant wait for these DC policies to go national under Obama's rule.

Its going to be a sure-fire way to get the Reps back in the white house in 2012 and beyond thats for sure..

Posted by: indep2 | November 21, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

this is a bigger issue than this blog like entry. Medicaid audits have been ravaging this city and others for years. folks talk transparency, well Medicaid rules are far from it.

Posted by: oknow1 | November 21, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

...trying to determine how much money they owe.


And nobody has figured out, yet, that this contains another GIANT case of FRAUD.

Posted by: properbostonian1 | November 21, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

I dont know about anyone else, but personally I think once the republicans regain control of the Congress, they should look into taking back Home Rule from DC.

I think they have more than proven they cannot handle the job themselves in the past 30+ years...Its been nothing but a drain on resources for the VAST MAJORITY of taxpayers in America.


Posted by: indep2 | November 21, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

I think I have to agree with indep2. Republicans have proved to DC that they can't handle the job themselves. DC needs to improve a lot and for the last 30 years no Democratic mayor has been capable enough to restore or to improve Washington DC. I think this really means that DC needs a different type of change. The country had their change by electing Obama. Now DC needs to look at a different angle and they need to admit that its time to elect a different party.

Posted by: MrDiego | November 21, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

It just never ends.

Posted by: Tupac_Goldstein | November 21, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

I cannot wait for SOMEONE to take control and resolve this. How many things have to happen before people notice that our nation's capital needs structure, especially since the days since the Fenty administration began have been the worst to date in such a short period of time.

Posted by: southyrndiva | November 22, 2008 4:01 AM | Report abuse

Adrian Fenty has not only addressed every major issue confronting the District but has not backed away or ignored any problem he has encountered.

Give this man a chance and we will learn that his administration will accomplish more for D.C. than than congress, in it's infinite wisdom, could imagine.

Posted by: hle_arch | November 22, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

You may be correct in stating that he has "addressed every major issue confronting the District" but what you fail to notice is all of the NOTHING GOOD that has come out of his attention.

He talks a good game, but then either doesnt follow through or gives some developer some sweetheart deal.

Personally, I play a game with my family called "Found Fenty". The rules are whoever sees his shiny head first on TV, gets to take the night off cooking or doing dishes.

Its a great game... And because he LOVES to be on TV you have plenty of opportunity to win :)


Posted by: indep2 | November 23, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

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