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H. B. 4596

 

         (By Delegates Shott, McCuskey and Lane)

         [Introduced February 17, 2014; referred to the

Committee on Health and Human Resources then the Judiciary.]

 

 

 

A BILL to amend and reenact §9-7-1 and §9-7-6 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, all relating to Medicaid fraud and abuse; and continuing the fraud control unit in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Attorney General’s office after July 1, 2015.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That §9-7-1 and §9-7-6 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted, all to read as follows:

ARTICLE 7. FRAUD AND ABUSE IN THE MEDICAID PROGRAM.

§9-7-1. Legislative purpose and findings; powers and duties of fraud control unit.

    (a) It is the purpose of the Legislature to continue the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit previously established within the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and to provide it with the responsibility and authority for investigating and controlling fraud and abuse of the medical programs of the State Department of Health and Human Resources which have been established pursuant to section two, article four of this chapter. It is the finding of the Legislature that substantial sums of money have been lost to the state and federal government in the operation of the medical programs of the state due to the overpayment of moneys to medical providers. Such overpayments have been the result of both the abuse of and fraud in the reimbursement process.

    (b) The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the State Department of Health and Human Resources shall, after July 1, 2015, be continued, in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Attorney General’s office and shall have the following powers and duties:

    (1) The investigation and referral for prosecution of all violations of applicable state and federal laws pertaining to the provision of goods or services under the medical programs of the state including the Medicaid program.

    (2) The investigation of abuse, neglect or financial exploitation of residents in board and care facilities and patients in health care facilities which receive payments under the medical programs of the state.

    (3) To cooperate with the federal government in all programs designed to detect and deter fraud and abuse in the medical programs of the state.

    (4) To employ and train personnel to achieve the purposes of this article and to employ legal counsel, investigators, auditors and clerical support personnel and such other personnel as are deemed necessary from time to time to accomplish the purposes herein.

§9-7-6. Civil remedies.

    (a) Any person, firm, corporation or other entity which willfully, by means of a false statement or representation, or by concealment of any material fact, or by other fraudulent scheme, devise or artifice on behalf of himself, herself, itself, or others, obtains or attempts to obtain benefits or payments or allowances under the medical programs of the Department of Health and Human Resources to which he or she or it is not entitled, or, in a greater amount than that to which he or she or it is entitled, shall be liable to the Department of Health and Human Resources in an amount equal to three times the amount of such benefits, payments or allowances to which he or she or it is not entitled, and shall be liable for the payment of reasonable attorney fees and all other fees and costs of litigation.

    (b) No criminal action or indictment need be brought against any person, firm, corporation or other entity as a condition for establishing civil liability hereunder.

    (c) A civil action under this section may be prosecuted and maintained on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Resources by the Attorney General and the Attorney General’s assistants or, by any attorney in contract with or employed with the Attorney General to provide such representation. If the Attorney General declines to do so, the civil action shall be maintained either by a prosecuting attorney and the prosecuting attorney’s assistants or by any attorney in contract with or employed by the Department of Health and Human Resources to provide such representation.

 

 

 

    NOTE: The purpose of this bill is add language to West Virginia Code providing for clarity in the representation of cases relating to Medicaid fraud and abuse and continuing the fraud control unit in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Attorney General’s office after July 1, 2015.


    Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.

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