Yost’s team found instances of Medicaid transportation companies employing drivers without valid licenses, home health care aides without basic first aid training and other problems.
“For too long, dishonest providers have exploited vulnerabilities in the Medicaid program with little consequence,” Yost said.
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Yost is backing a bill sponsored by state Sen. Peggy Lehner, R-Kettering, to require surety bonds — insurance mandated for Medicaid providers in Indiana, Texas, New York and Florida. Yost said he’d like to see lawmakers adopt Senate Bill 218 by the end of the year.
Among the Medicaid provider examinations done in the Miami Valley since 2011, Yost found $4.57-million in fraudulent or improper payments made to 10 providers, including six independent nurses and two medical transportation companies. Healing Touch Healthcare LLC in Montgomery County was found to owe $3.7 million, according to Yost.
Debt collection is the responsibility of the Ohio Attorney General — an office Yost is running for against Democrat Steve Dettelbach.