Audit: Texas Agency Responsible For Cost Of Unneeded Dental Work

A federal audit finds a Texas state agency is responsible for potentially misspending hundreds of millions of Medicaid dollars on unneeded dental procedures.

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AUSTIN (August 12, 2014) A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General audit says a Texas state agency is responsible for potentially misspending hundreds of millions of Medicaid dollars on unnecessary dental and orthodontic procedures.

The report indicates the Texas Health and Human Services Commission for years didn't address the practices of Xerox Corp., the contractor it hired to pre-authorize the dental procedures.

Texas dropped Xerox as its Medicaid claims processor in May after about 10 years.

The state is already suing the company to recover money for dental work it says wasn't necessary.

Xerox says its pre-authorization team was simply following state guidelines.


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