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Sep 9, 2010 11:48 AM by Melissa Canone

LA Doctors Will Have to Repay $17 Million in Overpayments

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Thousands of Louisiana doctors must
repay $17 million in overpayments they received from the state last
year because the Department of Health and Hospitals failed to make
Medicaid budget cuts on time.
The physicians who provide health care for the poor through the
government health insurance program will start getting notices
Sept. 22 on just how much they owe.
Amy Phillips, general counsel for the Louisiana State Medical
Society, told The Advocate the problem has caught doctors by
surprise.
DHH Undersecretary Jerry Phillips says the culprit is an
antiquated system used to pay health providers. He says it takes
months to change thousands of codes to reflect budget cuts. During
the reprogramming, doctors received the higher, pre-budget cut
rates that they shouldn't be getting.

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