Errors, Fraud Cost Va. Medicaid $39 Million in 2009

October 13, 2010

A new report says errors and fraud cost Virginia's Medicaid program $39 million in fiscal 2009.

The report by an analyst for the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission also says the program avoided losing another $48 million by blocking improper claims before they were paid.

Medicaid spending in Virginia totaled $4.8 billion in fiscal 2009. The improper payments and blocked claims represent less than two percent of that total.

Improper payments include billing for unnecessary medical services, using incorrect medical codes and failing to properly bill a third party, such as Medicare or private insurance.

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