Probe into unpaid Medicaid claims continues in Arkansas

Probe into unpaid Medicaid claims continues in Arkansas
pic of Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock, AR (Source: KAIT-TV)

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT/KARK) - A packed meeting at the state Capitol on Wednesday included those involved with Arkansas’ new managed care system.

Little Rock television KARK reports that it changes how Medicaid is billed for services to about 50,000 clients.

Three companies, known as PASSEs, pay providers with funds from the Arkansas Department of Human Services.

But, providers have told lawmakers that they have been billed claims and have not been paid, KARK reported.

Lawmakers brought to the table everyone involved with the system, from PASSE to DHS leadership, to explain the problems.

DHS Director Cindy Gillespie said the money has not made it to some providers, chiefly due to a software issue.

“These are not large providers who can go for months carrying large, unpaid claims,” Gillespie said. “For those reasons, it becomes problem number one.”

The PASSEs, DHS, and a group of providers will meet again next week.

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