SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration is standing behind a decision to suspend payments to behavioral health providers because of allegations of fraud and overbillings.
Newly released portions of a state-commissioned audit [auth] said the audit “did not uncover what it would consider to be credible allegations of fraud, nor any significant concerns related to consumer safety.”
A Human Services Department spokesman on Monday defended the agency’s decision to suspend payments, saying there was evidence of possible fraud from whistleblowers as well a company managing New Mexico’s mental health and substance abuse programs.
The attorney general’s office released heavily redacted parts of the audit last week. Auditors said they identified more than $33 million in overpayments to providers.
The attorney general continues to investigate the allegations against more than a dozen providers.