Many have questioned the tactics the Martinez administration employed in June 2013 to withhold funding from 15 behavioral health providers throughout the state – some of which were forced to close their doors.
Those questions resurfaced last week when the state accepted a $484.71 settlement from a provider the state originally said owed it $2.8 million.
In hindsight, did Martinez use a chainsaw – when a scalpel would have sufficed – to address claims of overbilling, mismanagement and possible fraud by the contractors paid to deliver mental health services to needful New Mexicans?
In June 2013, the state Human Services Department abruptly halted Medicaid and other funding to the 15 behavioral health providers statewide, saying an in-depth audit by a Boston firm showed $36 million in overpayments over three years, widespread mismanagement and possible fraud. (The state had asked for the audit after OptumHealth, the state’s former overseer of behavioral health services, flagged irregularities and questionable billings.)