BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Ohio Auditor of State Dave Yost said a Boardman transportation provider was overpaid $458,083 by Medicaid.
The overpayment is a result of ineligible services from July 2011 through June 2014, according to compliance audit by Yost’s office.
Yost said Angel Carriers LLC had 785 errors in a sample of 687 transportation services provided. Angel Carriers now owes the Ohio Department of Medicaid $486,839.
A news release from Yost’s office said Angel Carriers lacked supporting documentation to account for the services reimbursed by Medicaid. He said auditors were told records were destroyed in a fire, but the fire was limited to a garage — not where the records were stored.
In addition, 15 drivers that were hired by the company failed to complete a required alcohol test and 14 of those drivers either had no background checks or completed them after the provisional hiring period, according to a report from Yost’s office. The report found that 10 out of the total 20 drivers tested failed to obtain both first aid and CPR certification.
A total of 131 transports were provided by ineligible drivers, according to the report.
“Any Medicaid provider that entrusts the lives of patients to unqualified employees is playing with fire,” Yost said. “Patients and their families should always feel confident in their provider’s abilities.”