4 Northeast Ohio providers owe Medicaid department more than $1 million, state auditor says

Cleveland Plain Dealer | Jackie Borchardt

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Four Northeast Ohio Medicaid providers together must pay back more than $1 million in overpayments, says Ohio Auditor Dave Yost.

Much of that was received by G.S. Burton Development in Summit County. State auditors calculated $895,617 in overpayments were made to Burton for errors that occurred between 2012 and 2014.

Burton largely provided non-medical transportation and personal care aide services, according to the report from Yost’s office. Auditors determined 283 of the 22,357 services provided during those two years were by 18 employees deemed ineligible providers for some or all of the time.

“These requirements are pure commonsense,” Yost said in a news release. “It’s disturbing to know that some Ohioans risk being in the care of individuals who lack basic but essential medical training and who haven’t even been properly vetted for the job.”

The findings

Employees were ineligible for a variety of reasons: lack of criminal background checks and drug tests, missing personnel files, no first aid and/or CPR certification or failure to complete required annual training hours.

The audit also found two drivers didn’t have a valid driver’s license for some time, one had a suspended license and another driver had a record with six driving points, mandating a warning letter from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

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