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Arkansas Slips Up on Supplemental Medicaid Payments

September 19, 2017 - A lack of administrative oversight led Arkansas to miss supplemental Medicaid payments, make several payments to Medicaid-ineligible providers, and receive excess Medicaid dollars, found a report from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). OIG reviewed a total $73.1 million claimed by the Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to pay Medicaid eligible providers, and...


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by Vera Gruessner

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