Planned Parenthood in Spokane Fined 700K for Medicaid Overbilling on Abortion
by Steven ErteltLifeNews.com EditorAugust 10, 2009
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Spokane, WA (LifeNews.com) -- The Planned Parenthood abortion business in Spokane, Washington has been hit with a $700,000 fine from the state health department. The result of an audit by state officials shows it was routinely overbilling Medicaid for abortions as well as contraception and family planning services.
According to the audit, state health officials found Planned Parenthood of Spokane was "unbundling" abortion claims and falsely billing for doctor visits when customers were picking up prescriptions.
Mary Emanuel and Jonathan B, who run the web site Abortion in Washington (AIW), obtained copies of the audit documents from the Department of Social and Health Services.
They say they show Planned Parenthood has been ordered to reimburse the state $630,000 plus interest for the overpayments.
"The audit did not get into the question of whether the overbilling was part of a systematic fraud scheme, but it also was clear that if this practice continued PPS would lose its Medicaid billing privileges," they write.
AIW says the audit found five categories of overbilling.
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