Audit Finds $13 Million in Suspicious Claims

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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.

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