SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A state audit says the Human Services Department mismanaged federal Medicaid money and improperly handled fraud allegations against more than a dozen mental health providers, some of which have gone out of business because the agency suspended their Medicaid payments.
State Auditor Hector Balderas on Thursday released the audit of the agency in Gov. Susana Martinez's administration, saying the department should hold itself to the same accountability standards that it required of the mental health providers and others receiving federal payments through Medicaid.
Department spokesman Matt Kennicott said the audit is "full of inaccuracies and misstatements."
The audit said the agency improperly paid $620,000 to Arizona companies brought in last year to take over management of the mental health providers because of allegations of fraud, mismanagement and billing problems.
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