Mansfield Recovery Program Owes $11 Million After Audit

  • 12/6/2018 2:56:06 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH - The Ohio Auditor of State's Office has announced that one of Mansfield's addiction recovery service providers, UMADAOP (Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program), owes over $11 million to the state after the discovery of several Medicaid violations dating back to 2015.

According to the report released by the Auditor of State, the overpay to the treatment center is the largest since Auditor Dave Yost took office in 2011. Among the violations were missing records of reimbursements for lab and counseling services, as well as personnel violations involving unqualified employees providing services without licenses or certifications.

After being audited, Mansfield UMADAOP responded to the State Auditor's office through attorney Timothy Pepper, addressing concerns about fraud or abuse of funds, saying the violations were caused accidentally through transition to electronic record-keeping services as well as the challenges provided by the Ohio Opioid Crisis.

"First and foremost, we note that the Auditor's report contains no allegation of fraud, waste, or abuse," the rebuttal said. "The report makes no allegation that taxpayer dollars were misspent or that patients were not well-served. In fact, all services provided by Mansfield UMADAOP, and all the audited services mentioned in the report, were medically necessary and appropriate, and were actually delivered to patients by skilled practitioners. The Auditor's report identifies record-keeping issues, not misconduct. Mansfield UMADAOP regrets the record-keeping issues identified by the Auditor's office and is fully committed to continuing its unblemished record of outstanding service to Ohioans in need."

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