Monday, July 31, 2006

Assembly report slams DoH

A recent report (pdf, 1mb)from a state Assembly investigation does not paint a pretty picture of the Department of Health. In fact, it looks more like a case study bureaucratic inertia and malfeasance. The report alleges that, systematically, DoH reviewers would deny or revise Medicaid requests for durable medical equipment (wheelchairs, for example), in contravention of the rules and regulations of the Department and the Medicaid program.

Reducing the cost of government programs is always a good idea. Doing it by blatantly violating an agency's own rules, and then thumbing one's nose at regulators, is not really recommended.


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