Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster said that his office took action against 48 Medicaid providers in 2013 and recovered more than $47 million for the state’s Medicaid program. The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in Missouri collected $23 for every dollar spent to run it, according to a release.
The office resolved civil cases against 27 medical, pharmaceutical and home health care providers. It also resolved criminal matters regarding 21 medical and home health care providers. According to Koster, six were given prison sentences, 12 received probation and three entered into deferred prosecution agreements.
Since 2009, his office has recovered $271 million from Medicaid judgments and recoveries made by the Attorney General’s office.
“My office is committed to aggressively pursuing medical and home health care providers who are stealing from the taxpayers of Missouri by committing Medicaid fraud,” Koster said. “Our criminal prosecutions and our recoveries of large sums of money serve as a warning to providers who would consider submitting false claims to Medicaid: we are watching, and you will not get away with it.”