A portion of an audit released Friday by the New Mexico Attorney Generals Office, with many details blacked out, shed little light on why the state froze Medicaid payments to 15 New Mexico behavioral health providers.
At the same time, the 58-page document raised some new questions.
The Attorney Generals Office AGO released the document to the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, which posted the document on its website Friday evening.
Most of the 400-page audit remains undisclosed despite lawsuits by New Mexico In Depth, the Las Cruces Sun-News and the Foundation for Open Government demanding its public release. Attorney General Gary King and his spokesperson, Phil Sisneros, did not return multiple phone calls Friday night.
King stated in a Friday court filing that releasing the rest of the audit could jeopardize his offices investigation, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported.
Those findings identify witnesses, specific compliance issues, and the specific methodology by which the audit investigated potential issues, including possible Medicaid fraud,
” The New Mexican quoted Kings filing as saying.Despite receiving the newly released portion of the audit, one officer of the Foundation for Open Government lamented Friday at how few revelations were contained in the document.
“We are not satisfied with what we received today,\” FOG Board Treasurer Gregory P. Williams was quoted by KRQE-TV in Albuquerque as saying.
“We have not received anything of the substance of the report, so the public still has no idea why funding was stopped to all of these entities.
Raising new questions
Significant parts of the newly released audit pages were blacked out, making them unreadable. The portions of the document that were readable seemed to raise as many questions as they answered.
In recommending a list of \”best practices\” for Medicaid payment rules and regulations, the firm doing the audit, Massachusetts-based Public Consulting GroupInc. PCG, noted New Mexico already used some of the rules and regulations, but didnt always enforce them. Medicaid is the governments health insurance program for the low-income.
The document didnt go into great detail about what rules……