Federal audit blames Texas agency for dental bills

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AUSTIN (AP) — A federal audit says a Texas state agency is responsible for hundreds of millions of Medicaid dollars potentially misspent on unnecessary dental and orthodontic procedures.

The Austin American-Statesman reports the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General audit was released Monday.

The report indicates the Texas Health and Human Services Commission for years didn’t address the practices of Xerox Corp., the contractor it hired to pre-authorize the dental procedures.

Texas dropped Xerox as its Medicaid claims processor in May after about 10 years of working together. The state is already suing the company to recover money for dental work it says wasn’t necessary.

Xerox says its pre-authorization team was simply following state guidelines.

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