AG Carr: Medicaid Fraud Division Recovers More Than $8.5M in 2019 For Georgia Taxpayers

Staff Report From Georgia CEO

Wednesday, December 18th, 2019

Attorney General Chris Carr announced that the office’s Medicaid Fraud Division recovered more than $8.5 million in taxpayer dollars in the 2019 federal fiscal year.

“I commend the hard work of Attorney General Chris Carr and the Medicaid Fraud Division,” said Governor Brian Kemp. “Their dedicated efforts hold bad actors who take advantage of much-needed programs accountable, while protecting our most vulnerable and safeguarding Georgians’ hard-earned tax dollars.”

“Through hard work and persistence, our Medicaid Fraud Division has once again recovered millions of dollars for the taxpayers of Georgia,” said Attorney General Chris Carr. “Fraud and abuse within our publicly-funded programs harms our state’s most vulnerable citizens, takes advantage of those who play by the rules, and will not be tolerated by our office.”

The Georgia Medicaid Fraud Division has three principal responsibilities: investigate criminal fraud committed by Medicaid providers; investigate abuse and neglect of patients in health care facilities funded by the Medicaid program; and collaborate with local, state and federal authorities on investigations and prosecutions.

Under Attorney General Carr’s leadership, the Medicaid Fraud Division has emphasized investigations involving the abuse of older or at-risk adults, schemes involving opioid over-prescribing and dispensing and scams targeting Medicaid beneficiaries. The Division has approximately 500 active investigations.

Here are a few examples of Medicaid fraud:

Mental health counselors billing the program for individual therapy services to juveniles when the children were simply attending an after school daycare.

Door-to-door “marketers” offering individuals cash or gift cards to provide their personally identifying health information that is later used to bill for medically unnecessary lab services.

Scams involving durable medical equipment, such as back braces, where individuals receive this equipment without ever requesting or needing it.

A physician billing for office visits when he is out of the country.

Medical practices using unlicensed or untrained staff to provide services that require training and licensing from the State.

The diversion of personally-directed waiver funds to individuals who never provide services to the Medicaid beneficiary.

The billing of ambulance services for personal trips or errands.

An unlicensed personal care home taking in patients, diverting their benefits and depriving them of appropriate care.

You can report fraud or abuse to our Medicaid Fraud Control Division by calling 404-656-5400 or e-mailing report_medicaid_fraud@law.ga.gov.