Title

"Focus: Health Care" piece on the Maine Department of Health and Human Services'

Authors

Taylor Smith

Source

Mainebiz

Date

9-18-2006

Pages

1, 26-28

Abstract

"Focus: Health Care" piece on the Maine Department of Health and Human Services' (DHHS) MaineCare program, with a focus on its Medicaid billing problem. The computer failure arbitrarily suspended hundreds of thousands of provider claims, tying of hundreds of millions of dollars in reimbursements to health care providers. Rep. Kevin Glynn, R-South Portland, calls the billing fiasco "the worst thing to ever have happened to the health care system in Maine." Brenda Harvey, DHHS commissioner, said the system is now processing the vast majority of submitted claims. With additional comments by: Mary Mayhew of the Maine Hospital Association; Douglas Jorgensen, a physician at Manchester Osteopathic Healthcare; and Rebecca Wyke, commissioner of the Department of Accounting and Financial Services.

Subjects

Medical care, Technology, Department of Health and Human Services

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