June 29, 2010
Jefferson City, Mo.-Attorney General Chris Koster said today that Missouri has again gained high marks for its Medicaid fraud recovery efforts, ranking in the top five in the nation in five important areas for 2009. According to information from the US Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General, Missouri ranked:
"In these times of dwindling state budgets, recovering Medicaid funds back for the state is like a windfall of money," Koster said. "Missouri's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit prides itself for being efficient, creative, aggressive, and extremely hard-working, keys to our state's success. We pledge to continue doing all we can to uncover money stolen from the Medicaid system and return it to the state's health-care system."
Koster said the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit reaches out to state agencies that oversee Medicaid programs; hospitals and other large health providers; and other states to obtain leads on possible Medicaid fraud.
The Attorney General said citizens should report suspected Medicaid provider fraud or abuse and neglect to his Medicaid Fraud Hotline toll free at 800-286-3932, e-mail the complaint to firstname.lastname@example.org or complete a complaint form at the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Website.