Audit: Massachusetts dentist collected unallowable claims, duplicate payments

A recent recovery audit has found that a Taunton, Massachusetts-based dentist collected nearly $230,000 in unallowable claims over a period of five years, including just under $5,000 in duplicate payments for orthodontic services, according to the Taunton Gazette.

The claims were not detected sooner because of deficiencies within the dental division of the state's public health insurance program – known as MassHealth.

"Auditor Bump is calling on MassHealth to recover the improper claims and establish additional controls over its payment system to prevent a significant pattern of waste, fraud and abuse in vendor billings," said the Office of the State Auditor in a statement quoted by the news source.

MassHealth representative Pauline Song said that many of the failings raised in the audit had already been addressed by the organization.

"The scope of this audit spans from 2005 to 2010, and several of these findings have been addressed in the past year," she told the news source.

Lake Worth Utilities company in Florida must also undergo a recovery audit following the discovery of nearly $300,000 in unbilled commercial electric and water account charges, according to the Orlando Sentinel. 

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