Records: State paid Arizona firm ahead of provider shake-up - Local News - Santa Fe New Mexican

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Records: State paid Arizona firm ahead of provider shake-up

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Agave Health Inc.’s outpatient clinic is shown Friday at 2504 Camino Entrada in Santa Fe. The Arizona-based company took over as a behavioral health provider after an audit found widespread fraud among 15 state-contracted providers. Some of those providers since have been cleared of the allegations, and records show that months before the audit was even complete, Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration was already paying Agave for salaries, travel and legal fees. Clyde Mueller/The New Mexican

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Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration shook up the state’s mental health system last June when it said an audit had revealed 15 nonprofit groups that provided treatment to the poor had overbilled Medicaid by as much as $36 million. The groups were stripped of their contracts, and a handful of companies from Arizona were brought in to replace them.

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Agave Health Inc.’s outpatient clinic is shown Friday at 2504 Camino Entrada in Santa Fe. The Arizona-based company took over as a behavioral health provider after an audit found widespread fraud among 15 state-contracted providers. Some of those providers since have been cleared of the allegations, and records show that months before the audit was even complete, Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration was already paying Agave for salaries, travel and legal fees. Clyde Mueller/The New Mexican