September 4, 2012
Medicaid Probe Scrutinizes Xerox And Affiliate
John Neumann for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online
Texas Medicaid dental claim forms are being investigated by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission for higher-than-required bills under the state´s Medicaid system, the Wall Street Journal reported this morning.
The Commission is concerned that Xerox and its affiliate, Affiliated Computer Services, did not dedicate sufficient trained staff to audit the Medicaid requests, letting dentists get paid for procedures not covered by the program, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Karen Arena, a spokeswoman for Xerox, had no immediate comment on the report when contacted by Reuters. However, the company itself was quoted as saying it does not face similar scrutiny in other states, reports the news outlet's Sunayan Bhattacharjee. Xerox went on to defend itself by adding that it helps administer Medicaid programs in 36 US states and the District of Columbia and processes $54 billion in annual Medicaid spending.
The current scrutiny of Xerox is part of a wider Texas investigation into Medicaid abuse that has largely targeted dentists and orthodontists, who have been accused of improperly billing the state for unnecessary procedures.
Medicaid is a federal-state program that insures lower-income people.