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State Auditor Beth Wood is defending a pair of reports from her office this year critiquing financial practices within North Carolina’s Medicaid agency and preparations to turn on a new billing system for processing medical claims.
Wood sent a pair of letters to legislative leaders on Thursday, two days after an oversight committee grilled top officials at the state Department of Health and Human Services about the NCTracks system and Medicaid spending.
The auditor specifically took issue with a response that DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos gave after a lawmaker asked if the agency had received any professional opinions indicating that the new billing system would not be ready to go live on its scheduled start date of July 1, 2013. Almost immediately after the launch, the state was flooded with complaints from Medicaid providers unable to get claims processed and expenses reimbursed.
"No, Senator," Wos replied. (More)