Audit: Medicaid Pays More, Va. Kids Get Less

January 25, 2011

The privatization of some services to help Virginia's troubled youth is increasing Medicaid costs in the state.

The News Leader in Staunton reports that privatization has
resulted in overbilling and treatment of children by unqualified
staff. Documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request show that many children weren't properly assessed and providers didn't prepare formal treatment plans or keep progress notes.

Lester Saltzberg with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services says it's clear that some families didn't receive the help they needed.

Since 2006, Medicaid costs for in-home services increased 250 percent to hit $176.5 million. The cost for day-treatment services rose by 418 percent, to $144.9 million.


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