Thursday, July 18, 2013

Background Docs for Behavioral Health Contoversy

Below are a couple of documents related to State Auditor Hector Balderas' subpoena of the Human Service Department's outside audit that found alleged "credible allegations of fraud" against 15 behavioral-health providers. (See my story HERE or HERE)

First there's the letter from Sen. Benny Shendo, D-Jemez Pueblo and Rep. Stephen Easley, D-Santa Fe, the leaders of an interim legislative behavioral-health subcommittee, to Balderas asking his office to audit that special audit.

There are many questions they want answered including the methodology used by Public Consulting Group, the Boston firm that performed the special audit; the role of OptumHealth, the company in charge of overseeing the behavioral health providers; and how the five Arizona companies — with which the state is contracting to take up the slack of the providers under investigation — were chosen.  

Below that letter is the state auditor's letter requesting the subpoena but correspondence between
Balderas' office and Human Services Secretary Sidonie Squier.

Meanwhile. Human Services spokesman Matt Kennicott has been posting documents too. The news release on Squier testifying before the Legislative Finance Committee yesterday is HERE and what he calls the "real story" about Public Consultant Group is HERE. In it, the company declares "PCG’s auditing experience in North Carolina has been mis-characterized in the media."

I wish the companywould have gotten back to me last week when I was writing my real story about PCG's experience in North Carolina.