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Posted: Saturday, August 10, 2013 7:00 pm | Updated: 7:00 pm, Sat Aug 10, 2013.

An Arizona nonprofit taking over operations at Casa de Corazón in Taos will not immediately continue the organization’s treatment foster care program, according to the agency’s CEO.

Casa de Corazón was one of 15 behavioral health care providers in New Mexico whose Medicaid payments from the state were frozen in June following an audit alleging fraud and overbilling. The state has contracted with Arizona firms to take over behavioral health services until an investigation into the fraud claims is complete. The state has said that the Arizona firms will rehire New Mexico clinicians working for the 15 providers targeted in the audit, and it has downplayed the possibility that some patients will lose their services.

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