Complete and honest answers are required when anyone fills out an application for Medicaid or SNAP benefits. This is especially important when it comes to reporting income and the people living in an applicant’s home.

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Part of the OIG’s mission of ensuring taxpayer dollars are used for their intended purpose is preventing inappropriate spending from happening in the first place. Cost avoidance results in resources being used more efficiently by deterring potentially questionable spending before it can occur.

The OIG entered into a settlement agreement in January with an Arlington dental practice for $405,107. The investigation found that between May 1, 2016 and May 31, 2018, the provider billed for specific dental codes that were either inappropriate or out of compliance with Medicaid policy. In addition, the investigation found that the provider engaged in illegal solicitation by using marketers who offered cash incentives to potential patients.

An OIG audit makes recommendations to improve a North Texas Mental Health and Mental Retardation (MHMR) Center, which serves as the point of entry for publicly funded intellectual and developmental disability programs. The audit objective was to determine whether the MHMR Center performed according to contract requirements when (a) coordinating services to enrolled individuals, (b) monitoring and evaluating service delivery, and (c) reporting.

The OIG dental team traveled to Laredo in January to perform clinical examinations in collaboration with federal and state investigators.

OIG Chief Dental Officer Dr. Janice Reardon and OIG Senior Dental Analyst Sherry Jenkins aided the FBI and the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Texas Attorney General’s Office.

The 24 exams over the course of two days focused on Medicaid clients from a local provider. The clinical exams included x-rays and photographs.