Ohio auditor: Whitehall firm overbilled Medicaid by nearly $1 million

The Columbus Dispatch | Marty Schladen

The state auditor’s office has determined that a Whitehall home health-care company improperly billed Medicaid for almost $1 million worth of services.

Gardenia Home Health Care was paid $5.8 million between 2013 and 2015 by the Ohio Department of Medicaid, but only slightly more than half of the personal-care services were provided by employees who were certified in first aid, the auditor’s office reported Thursday.

“A lack of up-to-date first-aid training creates an ever-present risk to the patient if something were to go wrong,” Auditor Dave Yost said in a statement. “If an emergency occurred, there’s no telling how an untrained employee would react.”

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