Audit finds improper spending in Louisiana Medicaid program

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An audit said Louisiana's health department spent up to $3.8 million on improper payments in programs that help the elderly and people with disabilities stay in their homes.

The Legislative Auditor's office released a review Monday that said the Department of Health hasn't fixed all the problems identified in a 2011 audit of Medicaid spending on home- and community-based services.

Auditors said the health department needs to improve its tracking and monitoring of direct care workers and the services billed to the Medicaid program after continued findings of improper spending from 2011 through 2015.

Also, new problems were identified, including workers charging for services though they were banned from the program because of previous findings of abuse or neglect.

The health department said it will make changes recommended by auditors.

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