Taxpayers footing the bill for improper Medicaid payments for personal care services

Medicaid is getting ripped off by providers of nonmedical services like bathing, dressing and light housework, says the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.

OIG recommends that two states - North Carolina and Washington - refund more than $61 million to the federal government in the wake of two recent audits. The review found improper claims for services that lacked the required documentation and: 

• weren't included in the states' plans of care;

• were provided without medical supervision; and

• for which the qualifications for the in-home providers could not be verified.