County says ‘no’ to paying DHS reimbursement

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By Reed Anfinson
Swift County Monitor-News

Swift County will follow the lead of the Association of Minnesota Counties and say that it does not plan to pay the Minnesota Department of Human Services back for billing errors it made.

It is estimated that the errors would cost Swift County nearly $21,000.

After conducting a review of its programs through which it reimburses counties for costs incurred providing services, the DHS found that it had wrongly made over $61 million in payments to substance abuse providers, a welfare assistance program, and for child foster care services. Last May, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services told the state’s DHS to stop making the payments immediately.

The overpayments were run up because the state’s DHS “improperly billed the federal government for substance abuse disorder treatment services that were provided in facilities that were not eligible for federal matching funds,” Minnesota Public Radio reported in November. Now DHS wants counties to pay back $8.8 million of those overpayments...


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