State didn’t have to halt Medicaid payments to providers
Southwest Counseling Center and Rio Grande Behavioral Health Services CEO Roque Garcia of Las Cruces says his organization will be out of money by Monday and forced to furlough workers and end services if the state doesn’t continue its Medicaid payments. Southwest Counseling Center was one of 15 behavioral health providers targeted in a state audit alleging overpayment and potential fraud. Payments to those contractors have been suspended. Courtesy photo
Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2013 7:00 pm
Updated: 11:42 pm, Thu Jul 11, 2013.
Contrary to claims by the Martinez administration, the state Human Services Department could have chosen not to abruptly suspend all Medicaid payments to 15 behavioral health providers last month.
The state suspended payments to the agencies, which provide services such as drug abuse and suicide counseling to thousands of New Mexicans, while the Attorney General’s Office investigates allegations made in a state-ordered audit, including overbilling and potential fraud.
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Thursday, July 11, 2013 7:00 pm.
Updated: 11:42 pm.