AG clears El Mirador of Medicaid fraud

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Posted: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 8:00 pm | Updated: 11:32 pm, Tue May 6, 2014.

The New Mexico Attorney General’s Office announced Tuesday that an investigation has cleared a Santa Fe behavioral health provider that was accused, along with 14 others, of Medicaid billing fraud by a state agency that terminated the companies’ funding.

The chief operating officer of Easter Seals El Mirador, Patsy Romero, said she was relieved by the findings. But she blamed Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration for disrupting services to people with mental illnesses and developmental disabilities, while putting the New Mexico businesses that served them in peril.

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  • Fred Stokes posted at 9:30 pm on Wed, May 7, 2014.

    fredstokes Posts: 94

    I wish I could believe at least one of them. But the Gov and the AG are both congenitally dishonest and corrupt. We can be sure of one thing -- nobody will ever convicted of corruption. The Republicans and Democrats have agreed to ignore each others corruption.

  • Steve Salazar posted at 11:33 am on Wed, May 7, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 874

    $34,126.19 in illegal billing, which right to the campaign, no harm, no foul.

  • Philip Taccetta posted at 9:51 am on Wed, May 7, 2014.

    PhiltheElder Posts: 190

    "Shoot first and ask questions later" - the Martinez approach to behavioral health reform? The audit was done by a firm with questionable credentials. Without any further investigation, she brings in an Arizona firm to take over. What gives me the idea that the CEO's of both those firms are republicans?

  • Kenneth Davis posted at 5:57 am on Wed, May 7, 2014.

    concerned and confused Posts: 44

    Now that the behavioral health agencies have been destroyed and the Arizona providers brought in to inadequately take their place I expect the remaining 10 will be cleared of fraud. This was never about fraud anyway it was about removing the strongest advocates of the mentally ill and strong opponents against the privatization of public health funds with the resultant downgrading of services being provided. If Gary King had been worthy of his office he would have investigated the results and outcomes of audits in other states and stopped the funding freeze before it was too late and more than 30,000 of New Mexico's most vulnerable were put at risk.

  • Pat Shackleford posted at 1:07 am on Wed, May 7, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 570

    If Gary King thinks he's going to get public support for any further state office, he should release the list of defendants (or companies that harass and prey upon the public, often by telephone) he's investigated and charged with wrong-doing; brought to trial or settlement; and the specific outcome of those cases. What's he been doing as AG, other than laying-low and not rocking the boat/making waves? Seriously; make your case, and make it stick, or else what good are you as a public servant for the people? I hope to be favorably impressed by the list of fallen cons.


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