Lisa Long of Camden County, Mo., was charged Tuesday with health care fraud for allegedly submitting false timesheets. Long is accused of fraudulently billing the state Medicaid program for unprovided personal care services she claimed to have provided for a patient who was serving a jail sentence. Long submitted false timesheets twice between Jan. 8 and Jan. 24, 2013, and received $955.71 from the Medicaid program, according to prosecutors.
Mercy Health of Chesterfield, Mo., has established a multistate provider network known as MPact Health. The partnership with Mosaic Life Care and the University of Missouri Health Care is designed to improve care while controlling costs. Components include an expansion of telemedicine services, collaboration with insurers on network development and development of a database to enhance population health management. The collaboration will reach patients in parts of Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri.
Missouri-based B & D Adult Daycare agreed to pay $29,000 in restitution, damages and investigation costs to resolve accusations that it fraudulently billed Medicaid between January 2011 and April 2013. The day care center allegedly charged the state Medicaid program for unprovided services under the names of patients who did not go to the day care or who were in home care, according to the state attorney general's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. The company has also agreed to improve oversight of its Medicaid program.
As Ohio wrestles with whether and how to expand Medicaid eligibility, Missouri lawmakers declined to include provisions for doing so in their budget plans, essentially tabling any possibility of expansion this year under the Affordable Care Act. Among the options Ohio is looking at is opening the issue up to a statewide vote.
The prevalence of life-threatening peanut and tree nut allergies in schools has prompted some districts to replace peanut butter with a sunflower seed spread. A Missouri school district has adopted such a policy for all of its elementary schools. Still, officials say students can bring peanut butter in their lunches, but they cannot sit at peanut-free tables if they do.