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New York’s Department of Health’s Medicaid program overpaid health care providers by $7.8 million over a six month period.

The state comptroller’s officer says it’s because of flaws with its eMedNY computer system. Auditors claim they have recouped about $7.5 million dollars in overpayments.

Auditors evaluating the Department of Health found another problem: 21 medical providers remained in the Medicaid program despite being charged with or found guilty of crimes that violate the Medicaid program. DOH has terminated 20 of those providers.

State comptroller Tom DiNapoli says “improvements are sorely needed” in the eMedNY computer system to process Medicaid claims.

From April to September 2011 eMedNY processed approximately 178 million claims totaling 2$25 billion.

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