Calif. reluctant to boost Medi-Cal’s anti-fraud staff

California Watch’s Christina Jewett reports on the California Assembly’s lukewarm response to the assertion of Medi-Cal’s fraud busters that, with another 38 staff, they could save the $16 billion program at least $51 million annually.

Jewett says Medi-Cal’s audit and fraud staff already numbers 712 employees (at full strength) and their calculations indicate that there may be $400 million in fraud in the system, as well as another $600 million in what Jewett describes as “Erroneous billing for services, supplies and care that is not necessary or poorly documented.” Jewett also lists a few examples of what auditors say are fraudulent cases.

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