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Medford School District

Portland, OR: (Jun-25-07) A federal fraud lawsuit was filed against the Medford School District, alleging that it made improper Medicaid claims. The billings, covering 1998 through 2001, involved Medicaid services such as nursing, transportation, and screening to low-income, special education students, according to a 2003 state audit. The suit originally sought $1.4 million from the school district. School officials said transportation claims made up the bulk of the contested claims. The lawsuit alleged that the Medford School District submitted claims that were not properly documented, were for services that did not qualify for reimbursement, or were for services the students didn't receive.

In a settlement reached, the Medford School District will repay $830,000 to settle allegations, making it the third such settlement. Earlier, Gaston and Eagle Point districts resolved similar claims and agreed to pay a total of $1.4 million. Federal and Oregon state investigators claimed that the investigation began with "a concerned citizen's report," and led to a review of Medicaid billings in all Oregon districts and wound up focusing on several districts, including Medford. [OREGON LIVE: MEDICAID FRAUD]

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Published on Jun-26-07


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