OIG to check for possible transportation fraud
The government next year will investigate whether state Medicaid agencies have been making "erroneous payments" on transportation services for beneficiaries.Medicaid transportation costs skyrocketed by 48%, to $1.5 billion, between 1999 and 2003, according a recently released 2007 work plan by the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Inspector General. Medicaid pays for a variety of transportation, including non-emergency doctor visits from nursing homes in some states.
Medicaid programs can lose as much as 30% to 50% of non-emergency transportation spending to fraud and abuse, said healthcare consultant Robin Mathias. Transportation service fraud is common, she said, because transportation workers do not need professional certification.