Kansas Medicaid Audit Finds Suspicious Claims

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ An audit of the state's Medicaid program
found $13 million in suspicious claims.

The audit even found one entry that claimed a Caesarean section
was performed on an 8-year-old boy.

In response, the state's health authority says that the
suspicious claims were a small percentage of total claims and that
auditors found no significant systemic problems.

The findings of apparent fraud and abuse in the $2.4 billion
health care program for Kansas' poor were presented yesterday to a
House-Senate audit committee.

This comes less than a month before lawmakers begin the 2009
legislative session facing a massive state budget deficit.

The Division of Post Audit recommended that the Kansas Health
Policy Authority should work closer with private contractors and
other state agencies to refine control of expenditures.