The problems with privatized Medicaid in Eastern and Western Kentucky could be coming to Louisville. Passport Health Plan has run Medicaid in Louisville and the surrounding area for more than a decade. The system was the model for last year’s Medicaid privatization, which brought three new Medicaid management companies into the state. The federal government […]
For only the second time in its history, a Kentucky legislative committee will issue subpoenas…This time over Medicaid managed care and locally-owned pharmacies. The Program Review and Investigations Committee voted today to authorize subpoenas to Kentucky’s three new managed care providers over reimbursement rates to independent pharmacies. Passport, based in Louisville, is exempt from the […]
Members of Passport Health Plan will pay back $26.4 million dollars that the Medicaid provider misappropriated. When Passport’s surplus grew to around $90 million dollars, it tried to hand money back to Norton Hospital, Jewish and St. Mary’s Inc., University Medical Center and University Physicians Associates. Passport executives did this to try to lower their […]
Described as a “major sea change”, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear announced Thursday that more private companies will manage the state’s growing $6-billion Medicaid program as part of new three-year contract. The governor said the plan will save taxpayers $375 million in General Funds that pay for most state functions and another $1.3 billion in all […]
AmeriHealth handles day-to-day operations for Passport Health Plan. Their payment to the state comes after a nine-month investigation by Attorney General Jack Conway’s office. Conway says AmeriHealth falsified cervical cancer screenings in order to receive a bonus from the state.
Passport manages Medicaid services for Jefferson and 15 surrounding counties. Dr. Larry Cook’s resignation is the latest in a series of changes in the organization in the weeks following a scathing report from the State Auditor’s office which uncovered lavish spending and conflicts of interest.
They were sharply criticized in a state audit report released last month that found extravangant spending and conflicts of interest within Passport.
Last week, Governor Steve Beshear presented officials from the Louisville-based Medicaid services company with a 11-point “Corrective Action Plan” that they must follow in order to keep Passport’s nearly $800 million state contract.
The Beshear administration blames the General Assembly, and lawmakers blame the administration for problems with the $800 million contract for Medicaid services in the Louisville area.
The hiring of Mark Carter Wednesday came hours after Governor Steve Beshear presented Passport leaders with an 11 point “Corrective Action Plan.” The governor said Passport’s nearly $800 million state contract will be at risk if the plan is not followed.