Audit: Utah's Medicaid program lacks oversight

Audit: Utah's Medicaid program lacks oversight

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A state audit says Utah's Medicaid program lacks enough financial oversight.

The audit was released to lawmakers Tuesday and says about 95 percent of the state's Medicaid funds, or about $1.5 billion, receive little or no oversight by the state's Bureau of Program Integrity.

The audit says that lack of oversight has placed program funding at risk.

The audit also says the state is losing money because of staff's inability to recover inappropriate payments and that if fraud recovery efforts were increased, the state could recover as much as $5.8 million.

David Sundwall, director of the Utah Department of Health, says his agency is working to implement the audit's recommendations.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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