Thursday, December 18, 2008
The defendants operated Choice Program, which purported to treat young patients with chemical dependency problems. Based on interviews with 68 witnesses including clients, parents and former staff members, the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit determined that Choice Program billed Medicaid $1.2 million for services from January 2001 through June 2004. Of the $987,000 Medicaid paid Choice Program during that period, investigators uncovered $376,000 in payments for services that were never provided.
In 2006 alone, the Texas Medicaid program cost more than $17 billion. As the state’s chief law enforcement official, Attorney General Abbott has dramatically expanded the MFCU to save taxpayer dollars by rooting out waste, fraud and abuse in the Medicaid system.
The MFCU established field offices in Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, Houston, Lubbock, McAllen, San Antonio and Tyler through authorization and funding from the 78th Legislature. It works with federal, state and local agencies across the state to identify and prosecute those who defraud the Medicaid program.
To obtain more information about the Attorney General’s efforts to fight Medicaid fraud, access the agency’s Web site at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.