Family planning organizations in Wisconsin, including Planned Parenthood, could be facing new worries.
The state of Wisconsin conducted audits in the past and found that some family planning groups have been overbilling for services reimbursed by the state. Matt Sande of Pro-Life Wisconsin tells OneNewsNow that this particular series of audits only covered eight such groups in the state.
"Remember, these audits were limited in scope, so these are just snapshots," explains Sande. "But when you take a snapshot, and within the audited sampled amounts of money over 50 percent is fraudulent, that's cause for alarm [and] concern."
Sande lists billing violations discovered by the state auditors: undocumented, duplicated, and unsigned prescriptions, as well as incongruent and inaccurate billing – all in efforts to obtain higher reimbursement rates.
"The violations go on and on," declares Sande. "And that's how they were bilking the state."
Whether those actions were negligent or intentional, Pro-Life Wisconsin contends it was still unacceptable.
Subsequently, state lawmakers passed a budget bill with a provision requiring the inspector general of the Department of Health Services to conduct a comprehensive audit of all Medicaid payments made to family planning providers within Wisconsin.
Editor's note: Corrected name of group with which Matt Sande is affiliated.