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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

1/3 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3 Show Caption Hide Caption 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…

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…

New Deal Reached by BCBS MN and Children’s Minnesota

While the details of the deal are not yet available, it does go for three years

  MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — A new deal has been reached by BlueCross BlueShield of Minnesota and Children’s Minnesota Hospital Systems. The organizations made the announcement, which will keep Children’s Minnesota an in-network provider for BlueCross customers. While the details of the deal are not yet available, it does go for three years. During negotiations, each organization blamed the other, from…

People Line Up Outside Sen. Hoeven’s Office Protesting Senate Health Care Bill

Indivisible FM held a pop–up protest to encourage him to vote against the Senate health care bill

FARGO, ND — Concerned citizens gathered in front of Sen. Hoeven’s Fargo office to make their voices heard about the Republican health care bill. Voting on the bill has been delayed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The Senate health care bill is causing concern for people in North Dakota and they are reaching out to their senators for answers….