State Health Chief: Agency Is Getting Fixed

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The new chief of North Carolina's embattled health department says Medicaid reform and improving computer systems are her top two priorities.

Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos told legislative budget writers Wednesday that she is also cleaning up a department whose employees in the past filled out indecipherable reports and wasted money through poor communication or mistakes.

Wos says things are really broken in the department but that officials are on the path to fixing them.

A Medicaid audit released last month found the agency had high administrative costs and doesn't issue helpful reports for government officials to track the agency's performance.

The department's new information technology chief told lawmakers a new Medicaid billing system will go online July 1 as scheduled.