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Chadron center ordered to pay $1.3 million for Medicaid fraud

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Attorney General Jon Bruning today announced a $1.3 million judgment was entered in Nebraska’s favor against a Chadron mental health center for Medicaid fraud.

Jon Bruning

Jon Bruning

Healing Plains Mental Health and its owner, Jennie Miller, were paid for nearly $47,000 in Medicaid services never rendered and more than $430,000 in services without substantiating documentation. The court ordered the civil damages to be tripled, pursuant to statute.

“Stealing from Medicaid is stealing from Nebraskans,” Bruning said in a press release. “Providers who abuse the system will be held accountable.”

In September 2012, Miller pleaded no contest to one count of fraudulently obtaining payment on behalf of a recipient of medical assistance, a Class IV felony. She was sentenced to 12 months of probation and ordered to pay prosecution costs.

Bruning and state lawmakers established the Medicaid Fraud Unit in 2004, and since then it has recovered more than $60 million from violating service providers and drug companies. When the unit was established, Bruning promised the Legislature it would be self-funding in three years. The annual recoveries surpassed its operating budget starting in 2006, a year ahead of schedule.

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Deena Winter has been a journalist for over 20 years, writing stories for the Northwood Gleaner, Bismarck Tribune, Associated Press, Denver Post and Lincoln Journal Star before joining Watchdog.

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