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North Dakota joins lawsuit against Biden vaccine mandate for Medicare, Medicaid workers

Gov. Doug Burgum, Attorney General Wayne StenehjemBISMARCK, ND (KVRR) – Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said Wednesday that North Dakota has joined a lawsuit that challenges a vaccine mandate for healthcare workers employed by companies that receive Medicare and Medicaid funds. According to the lawsuit, the CMS vaccine mandate “imposes an unprecedented federal vaccine mandate on nearly every full- or part-time employee,…

ND Medicaid Receives Waiver Implementing Temporary Program Changes to Address COVID-19

The waiver will end when the public health emergency is terminated.

BISMARCK, N.D.–The North Dakota Department of Human Services received a waiver from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services temporarily easing select Medicaid requirements to ensure resources and services are available to individuals enrolled in the program. The waiver will streamline the enrollment process for Medicaid providers, reduce the burden on providers associated with getting prior approval for services…

Whistleblower Accuses Bismarck Clinic of Kickback Schemes

The suit was filed in January 2017 by former Mid Dakota CEO Jeffrey Neuberger and unsealed last month.

FARGO, N.D.–A North Dakota clinic is accused of participating in kickback schemes that have cost the federal government millions of dollars in fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid claims. A whistleblower complaint brought against Bismarck’s Mid Dakota Clinic and its building partnership alleges that doctors referred patients to the clinic’s surgical center, allowing them to increase their pay in the form of…

10 People Charged Following Investigation at Minnesota Care Center

The most serious charges include racketeering, swindling and manslaughter counts.

MINNEAPOLIS–Minnesota’s attorney general has charged 10 people following an investigation into the death of a 58-year-old man at a northern Minnesota care center. The most serious charges include racketeering, swindling and manslaughter counts against Theresa Lee Olson, the former owner of the now-closed center, Chappy’s Golden Shores in Hill City. The defendants are also accused of bilking the state’s Medicaid…

Minnesota Says It Must Repay Feds $48M for Improper Payments

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ordered the state in May to cease the payments to as many as 100 inpatient providers classified as "institutions for mental diseases.''

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP)–The Minnesota Department of Human Services says it must repay the federal government an estimated $48 million that it paid to ineligible chemical dependency treatment providers. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ordered the state in May to cease the payments to as many as 100 inpatient providers classified as “institutions for mental diseases.” It said…

Tribal Overpayments Take Center Stage At State Senate Hearing In St. Paul

$25 million was overpaid to the White Earth Nation and Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

      ST. PAUL, Minn. — A state senate hearing on turmoil at the Department of Human Services in Minnesota turns to talk of overpayments. $25 million was overpaid to the White Earth Nation and Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. The money was paid for substance abuse therapy treatments covered under Medicaid over five years. Sen. Michelle Benson chairs…

DHS Overpaid White Earth Nation $11 Million, Also Overpaid Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

The money was paid out for substance abuse therapy treatments covered under Medicaid over five years

ST. PAUL, MN — Gov. Tim Walz confirming that the Minnesota Department of Human Services overpaid White Earth Nation and Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe over $25 million. The money was paid out for substance abuse therapy treatments covered under Medicaid over five years. Walz says his administration uncovered the issue when he took office back in January. A spokesman…

22 Nursing Homes In Region Cited for Health and Safety Violations

The 11 facilities identified in Minnesota for stricter oversight are just 3 percent of the state's nursing homes

ND-HOMES MN-NURSING SD-NURSING ST. PAUL, Minn. — Eleven Minnesota nursing homes are on a list of facilities cited by federal officials for patterns of health and safety violations, including Moorhead Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center. The list, which includes 6 facilities in North Dakota and 5 in South Dakota, has 400 nursing homes across the country that are in need of tighter…

Minnesota Doctors May See Limits on Opioid Prescriptions

Doctors who give more than the limit for more than half of their patients will be warned and go through extra training

  MINNESOTA — New limits for opioid prescriptions are underway in Minnesota for doctors in the Medicaid program. Doctors who give more than the limit for more than half of their patients will be warned and go through extra training. Anyone who does not reduce their dosage amounts could be removed from the program. These limits would only apply to…

Two More Charged in Minnesota Medicaid Fraud Case

It follows charges earlier this week against Lillian Richardson and six accomplices in a $7.7 million fraud scheme

  BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. — Two more Minnesota women face charges in a large Medicaid fraud case. Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson has filed a lawsuit against a Brooklyn Center woman and her daughter for bilking $929,000 in Medical Assistance funding from the state. It follows charges earlier this week against Lillian Richardson and six accomplices in a $7.7 million…