A recent audit reveals that 41 home health care companies owe the state more than $4 million in overbilling and fines.

The Associated Press reports that home health providers who treat Medicaid patients are accused of a variety of infractions ranging from insufficient documentation to “outright fraud":

The reviews were conducted over the fiscal year that ended in July. They were part of a DHH initiative to combat fraud estimated to siphon off millions from the Medicaid program each year. The department is sending providers notifications of the audit findings this month.

According to a health care data website run by the non-partisan Kaiser Foundation, 25 percent of the state’s population receives Medicaid assistance. That’s six percent more than the national average of 19 percent. State funding for health care services is down 8 percent since 2009.

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