The Diagnosis: Some Hospitals Caught Overcharging The State After Audit

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An audit shows six North Carolina hospitals owe the state more than $2.5 million for overcharging the health plan for teachers and state employees.

Multiple media outlets report that Wayne Memorial Hospital in Goldsboro owes the most, at $1 million.

Health plan officials say the audit findings released Friday are preliminary, and 55 hospitals remain under review.

The review has so far identified 30 hospitals that properly charged the health plan, which covers more than 661,000 state employees, teachers and retirees.

The health plan began the review in March. Officials say hospitals did not properly notify them of rate increases for outpatient care.

The state attorney general's office sent letters to the six hospitals seeking refunds.

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  • by pete Location: grifton on Nov 16, 2009 at 05:22 PM
    State worker.I was one now get this. a piece of equipment breaks down.You call the shop out comes a mechanic to see what the problem is,he goes back to the shop and get's the part(if they have it)returns to the broken down piece of equipment then attempt's to fix it while 5 to 6 people stand around and wait. now back to the subject.Hospitals over charge everybody with health insurance. if you met the deductable then it's 80/20 they charge enough without you paying the 20 percent so you pay it. but thats just gravy and who do you think pays for all the free emergency room bills? you do if you have insurance.but wait san fran is going to fix all that.
  • by MS Location: NC on Nov 15, 2009 at 08:59 PM
    To Cactus, I guess you are the only one that read the article before posting.
  • by Marvell Location: Columbia on Nov 15, 2009 at 05:50 PM
    No wonder our insurance has gone to nothing. $600 deductable, $ 2750 out of pocket, and family plan cost close to $575.00. O, I almost forgot, starting July 1 , 2010 we will automatically be dropped to 70 / 30 if the state says we are overweight. O,well I guess it is better than no insurance BUT NA !! I think we all need to quit, go on welfare, collect foodstamps where we can actually eat good for a change and medicare / medicade. H -- we can all have babies and get paid for that to. Don't you just love our great gov. You can come in the USA illegally and get paid to have babies. Give me the welfare. Forget this working thing.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Nov 15, 2009 at 02:50 PM
    If one was to read the comments, one would think this article was about "lazy" state employees. The article is about hospitals stealing from patients by funny bookkeeping and over charging patients that paid for by your tax dollar. Now that should be of some concern to tax payers.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Nov 15, 2009 at 02:42 PM
    Good one "Teacher", and Laura, not everyone has the ability to teach at home, you would be an exception, good for you and your children. I'm sure it was not easy.
  • by Laura Location: NC on Nov 15, 2009 at 11:50 AM
    Teacher, Aside from nursing, I did teach my girls. All three of them. The two oldest are now nurses as well and my youngest will be graduating nursing school next year.
  • by Teacher on Nov 15, 2009 at 10:01 AM
    PS Plan on paying $30,000 yearly for tution, if they do get into college. Because, well, the affordable colleges are manned by those lazy state employees.
  • by Bus driver Location: greenville on Nov 15, 2009 at 10:00 AM
    Iam a state employee and all of us or not equal they help who they want to help. I once had benefits then they cut my hours so I dont have no health coverage, so dont make comments just to be seen on the interent think about other people feeling I have 3 children. I go above and beyond to full filled my daily duties better than some of the people that work their. So find something elese to do. ALL STATE EMPLOYEE ARE NOT THE SAME NOT JUST RIDING AROUND. If I go to the doctor I will be billed not the state. Yes they help who they want to the one's that lie they can get help. The ones like me that tell the truth they dont want to help.
  • by Teacher on Nov 15, 2009 at 06:38 AM
    Laura, the lazy state employees will just go home and let you look after and teach your children all day. If you stay home and teach him biology, chemistry, economics, physics, you won't have to worry about paying taxes. However, considering your obvious intelligence, his getting into college after your teaching, might be a problem.
  • by Laura Location: NC on Nov 15, 2009 at 04:37 AM
    Is this supposed to be a shock to us? These people over charge the American public every time we have to go in there. You have to wait 3-4 hours or more just to be called back to see a doctor that you maybe see for five minutes the whole time you're there. And another thing, what makes State workers better than the rest of us that they get a discount on such services? Most of them ride the streets all day doing absolutely nothing but driving out expensive gas us taxpayers are paying for. Over three-quarters of them need to be fired!!

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