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Posted: Thursday, August 8, 2013 7:40 pm | Updated: 8:48 pm, Thu Aug 8, 2013.

When state Human Services Department Secretary Sidonie Squier announced that an outside audit had determined there was evidence of massive Medicaid fraud among 15 mental health providers in the state, she said that one of the audit’s findings was “unusual compensation and/or benefits for key stakeholders” in the nonprofits and that some of the providers’ chief executive officers were “improperly getting rich off Medicaid funds.”

Indeed the issue of compensation for executives of providers has been a controversial part of the recent behavioral-health investigation — which has left nearly all the agencies under investigation with their Medicaid funding frozen by the state.

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9 comments:

  • James Nolan posted at 2:16 pm on Sun, Aug 11, 2013.

    Doc Posts: 1

    I had the same thought.....Why do we keep hiring Texans and Californians to make our videos, and Arizona folks to run our mental health?

     
  • Michael Tuller posted at 9:34 am on Sat, Aug 10, 2013.

    Shocked Posts: 41

    Annual per capita income in the United States was at $49,965 in 2012.
    Annual per capita income in New Mexico was 5th lowest in the United States in 2010 at $22,966. I don't see why a New Mexico not-for-profit executive's pay, which is subsidized by taxes, should be comparable to anything but incomes in New Mexico.

     
  • michael dowling posted at 10:43 pm on Fri, Aug 9, 2013.

    Mental Health Association of New Mexico Posts: 8

    I see the Provider Propaganda machine is well rehearsed.These Medicaid Moguls are being outed all over the Country. The reliance and desperation of their employees and hangeron's is stifling Executive Powers. It is quite understandable why the "Providers" being investigated are pulling out all stops to prevent the Attorney General from doing his job unencumbered and are in great fear of the upcoming findings. Don't end up on the wrong side of this squabble. Admit to your errors and apologize to every disabled person in this State and beyond. Everyone is innocent from what I am hearing. No one does anything out of the goodness of their hearts. Hey! You slimesters when you send out them apologies; I can help you get a loan for them stamps. On second thought your Credit is trashed.

     
  • andres paglayan posted at 6:43 pm on Fri, Aug 9, 2013.

    andres p Posts: 13

    Interesting, to "fix" the "excessive" $290k one CEO makes for managing a $30M/year company with 700 employees, the governor splits the former company management in four geographic sections an gives to each of the new four Arizona CEOs $300/hr. That's a total of 300x2000x4= $2,400,000. A saving of _minus_ $2M.

     
  • Kenneth Davis posted at 2:46 pm on Fri, Aug 9, 2013.

    concerned and confused Posts: 38

    Hmm well how does this compare with the $300.00 an hour the state has contracted to pay the Arizona Companies CEOs? You know, the ones they hired on no bid contracts and are paying to take over peoples life's work in some cases more than 30 years of building these agencies. I wonder how it compares to Secretary Squiers salary and perks? Mostly I wonder when it became fraudulent to pay an executive salary smaller than the equivalent for profit private sector equivalent. If salary size out of funds generated by services is an issue of fraud why are the banking industry's CEOs not all in prison considering they used our tax money to pay themselves multi million dollar salaries and multi million dollar bonuses. Come on Secretary Squier, either come up with real fraud and use constitutional due process or drop the action. People are not angry if wrongdoers are punished if it's done in accordance with due process. People are angry that there is no proven fraud to date, due process is not being applied, no New Mexican agencies were even given the opportunity for any of these contracts and mostly people are being punished for things it is not proven they have done. Sedonie Squier you are not above the constitution and the law, you are bound by your office to uphold the constitution, the bill of rights and the laws of the land, I suggest you start doing so.

     
  • Karen Summers posted at 12:59 pm on Fri, Aug 9, 2013.

    kkss Posts: 2

    I have some questions. There are two separate matters here. First, the fraud allegations that should be investigated and dealt with. Second, the governor is awarding contracts to out-of-state firms (AZ) to take over the accused providers. Are there no New Mexico providers that could take over the entities? Were New Mexico providers considered at all? Shouldn't the governor of a state be considering her own state's interest first?

     
  • Kay Bird posted at 9:51 am on Fri, Aug 9, 2013.

    kb204 Posts: 5

    I'd be interested to know how these salaries compare to similar positions in other states.

     
  • mark mocha posted at 7:37 am on Fri, Aug 9, 2013.

    brnfre47 Posts: 207

    I don't care where the money came from these people are overpaid while their clients get by on peanuts. 600K for the couple that runs Teambuilders? I don't care what they do that is an obscene amount, especially when you take into consideration their client base. Shut down their funding. Now!

     
  • AC Baca posted at 6:27 am on Fri, Aug 9, 2013.

    acbaca Posts: 1

    The assumption made is that all executive pay was from Medicaid fund or State funds. In YDI's case less than 3% came from Medicaid. The organization's budget is much more than that and includes positions for the COO, the CFO, the HR director, and 2 VP's that are paid from othe fund sources. The Arizona companies executives are paid totally from Medicaid or State funds. At $300 an hour the annual pay for just the CEO would be $624,000.

     
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