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Putnam County Nurse Owes Ohio Medicaid $260,000
Columbus – Claims of water damage followed by fire damage were made by a Putnam County Medicaid provider who failed to maintain required documentation of service delivery, according to an audit released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost.
“The odds of losing business records to both flood and fire appear remote at best,” Auditor Yost said. “I’m sure whatever is left, the dog ate.”
During the 2009-2011 audit period, April Patino was reimbursed $59,211.34 for private duty nursing and $187,982.96 for personal care aid services. On September 16, 2013, Patino told auditors she was unsure if she had any records from the audit period. On September 26, Patino claimed the records were disposed of due to water damage. Finally, in her official response, Patino claimed the records had been burned by mistake.
The audit determined Patino was overpaid by $247,194.30. This finding plus interest in the amount of $16,507.84 – totaling $263,702.14 – is owed to Ohio Medicaid.
A full copy of this audit may be accessed online.
The Auditor of State’s office, one of five independently elected statewide offices in Ohio, is responsible for auditing more than 5,800 state and local government agencies. Under the direction of Auditor Dave Yost, the office also provides financial services to local governments, investigates and prevents fraud in public agencies and promotes transparency in government.