Clark County board must return about $950 in Medicaid funds

Developmental Disabilities of Clark County. JEFF GUERINI/STAFF
Developmental Disabilities of Clark County. JEFF GUERINI/STAFF

A clerical error caused the Clark County Board of Developmental Disabilities to return about $950 in Medicaid reimbursements, according to a recent audit by the Ohio Auditor of State.

The audit selected claims from the Medicaid Billing System data and compared it with board documents from 2013 and 2014. It found non-compliance in two different areas, the audit says.

A 2013 finding was issued of more than $470 and a 2104 finding of more than $475 for case management services that were billed incorrectly. Rather than documenting one hour of services, the data was accidentally mislabeled as 10 hours, Board of Developmental Disabilities Comptroller Ravi Shankar said.

“It was just a simple clerical error,” Shankar said.

The disabled population in Clark County includes about 1,100 residents. The board has a $20.7 million budget, including 150 full-time and 14 part-time employees. The organization also supports more than 1,000 private sector jobs in Clark County.

The audit also showed a $12 finding for recovery for non-medical transportation in 2014. A clerical error incorrectly showed the board transported someone to day services, Shankar said.

“We put in place procedures to make sure these things don’t occur in the future,” Shankar said.

In 2013 and 2014, the organization billed Medicaid for about 260,000 case management units worth more than $2 million in reimbursements. The board was also reimbursed for about 217,000 transportation units worth about $2.9 million.

“When you’re looking at the grand scheme of things, (it’s small),” Shankar said.

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