A recent audit of Medicaid payments in New York showed overpayments are a major fiscal issue. Nursing homes in NY received at least $42 million in overpayments because of flaws in how patient income is recorded. New York pays $6.8 billion a year for an estimated 121,000 Medicaid patients in 700 nursing homes. New York auditors say the state Health Department has overpaid nursing homes about $42 million in Medicaid over a 44-month period.
"The system is not efficiently tracking the money that we are allocating to care for our most vulnerable citizens — that's upsetting," said Richard Mollot, executive director of the Long-Term Care Community Coalition, a patient-advocacy group.
Upsetting? It is criminal.