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Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013 10:13 pm | Updated: 12:11 am, Tue Jun 25, 2013.

ALBUQUERQUE — Fifteen New Mexico providers of mental health and substance abuse services failed to meet standards, overbilled the federal and state government by tens of millions of dollars, and may have taken part in fraudulent activities, according to a new state audit released Monday.

New Mexico Human Services Department officials said the audit found that “errors and overpayments were so widespread that the business and billing practices of every provider [in the audit] warrants careful scrutiny.”

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3 comments:

  • Julian R. Grace posted at 5:14 pm on Fri, Jun 28, 2013.

    Logies New Mexican Posts: 47

    A local laboratory had me sign a form that medicare might not cover some test the doctor ordered. No idea why that test was even ordered as it was an annual preventative exam covered in full by medicare. Then the lab sent a bill for the test that "medicare did not cover it," and, "we don't bill your secondary insurance...hmm.

    The secondary got billed by medicare and paid the bill but not before that lab sent me an invoice to pay it as the patient. I think there's a big "class action" here against the lab's practices and the doctor's practices of unnecessary tests and duplicate billing! More to come on this since someone thinks us patients aren't paying attention. We all need to scrutinize our billings and statements from providers and insurers to put a stop to this fraud.

     
  • Emma Spring posted at 11:38 am on Tue, Jun 25, 2013.

    Emma Spring Posts: 5

    Medicine isn't about health. Medicine is about hoarding money, the more the better.
    Medical advisors don't know the first fundamentals of healing. They know synthetic pills, they know how to mis-diagnose an issue in 8 minutes, but they don't know the first thing about curing.....they only treat symptoms.

    Is it a wonder every human is walking around in a daze? It's an entire circle of fraudulent......everything stinks from the cellular level.

     
  • Rod Oldehoeft posted at 8:02 pm on Mon, Jun 24, 2013.

    Leading Edge Boomer Posts: 25

    This is news? Medical care billing abuse is widespread across the country, the Medicare and Medicaid investigators have mountains of fraud yet to expose. People who go on Medicare (just like the Canada plan) love the carefree and efficient aspects from their points of view, but their providers are free to wreak havoc by billing the government since the patients never see the exorbitant charges. That's a part of why US medical care is so much more expensive than in other countries.

     
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