State Auditor Finds Robeson County School NOT Using Medicaid Money

Our State Auditor Beth Wood’s most recent audit finds that The Public Schools of Robeson County failed to spend approximately $1 million in Medicaid dollars intended for special needs children in schools!!

See audit report.

“The Public Schools of Robeson County (School District) did not use approximately $1 million per year in Medicaid administrative reimbursements to provide required services to students with disabilities. The School District missed this opportunity to better serve students with disabilities because it was unaware of a contractual requirement to use the Medicaid reimbursements to provide required services.

Over the last three years, the School District reported that it used $26,780 out of $3.16 million in Medicaid administrative reimbursements to provide services to students with disabilities.

The amounts reportedly spent each year are as follows:

• $ 8,969 out of $1,010,397 (0.89%) in 2013

• $12,043 out of $872,299 (1.38%) in 2012

• $ 5,768 out of $1,278,519 (0.45%) in 2011”

The question that I have after reading the audit report is…WHERE IS THE MONEY?

Was this $1 million given to the school system and spent on items other than services for children? Is the school district sitting on a surplus of money that was unspent? Or was this amount budgeted to the school system and the remainder or unspent money is sitting in our state checking account?

To me, it is relatively unclear from the audit report which of the above scenarios is an accurate depiction of the facts.  If anyone knows, let me know.

About kemanuel

Medicare and Medicaid Regulatory Compliance Litigator

Posted on July 27, 2015, in Beth Wood, Budget, Decrease in Medicaid Spending, Denials of Medicaid Services, DHHS, Health Care Providers and Services, Medicaid, Medicaid Advocate, Medicaid Attorney, Medicaid Audits, Medicaid Budget, Medicaid Funds, Medicaid Providers, Medicaid Recipients, Medicaid Reimbursements, Medicaid Services, Medicaid Spending, NC, North Carolina, Office of State Auditor, Performance audit, Reductions, Tax Dollars, Taxes, Taxpayers, Transparency and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Well….I can promise you that it was not spent on children with Brain Injury. This is the least served disability in our State for its magnitude. Yes, where is the money? Did it get sucked back into the Medicaid coffers to be spent in outlandish salaries for Cardinal Innovations employees?

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