Planned Parenthood director on Medicaid audit claims “no wrongdoing no fraud”
In 2010, Planned Parenthood of the Inland Northwest agreed to pay the state $345,000 after settling a 2009 audit that uncovered the clinic used incorrect codes and provided insufficient documentation for some claims billed to Medicaid.
The original audit finding estimated the Spokane family-planning organization improperly billed Medicaid more than $629,000 for 333 patient procedures from March 2004 through February 2007.
During that time, the clinic collected about $7.6 million from Medicaid.
Planned Parenthoods in New Jersey were also investigated that same year.
In 2012, a published report said that Illinois Medicaid’s inspector general was investigating the billing practices of Planned Parenthood of Illinois’ medical director.
Crain’s Chicago Business reported more than $3 million in Medicaid funds going to the Planned Parenthood doctor made her the Illinois program’s second-highest-paid doctor.
In 2013, Planned Parenthood’s Houston-based affiliate settled for $4.3 million with the state of Texas after an audit revealed that the agency charged for “fraudulently over billing the taxpayer-funded Medicaid program.”
So when Nicole Safar, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin’s policy director claimed audits in her state of the abortion giant would only turn up compliance, it looked rather suspicious to me.
The investigation stems from a letter 28 Wisconsin State Representatives and 4 State Senators wrote calling for an investigation into family planning centers and Planned Parenthood centers in the state.
As Life Dynamics reports, the letter asked co-chairmen of the non-partisan Joint Legislative Audit Committee, “conduct a comprehensive independent audit of Wisconsin’s Medicaid family planning providers including Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin (PPWI) .”
The letter detailed what it calls “red flags” already discovered by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Health Services against two family planning facilities, (NEWCAP and Wisconsin Family Planning Health Services) in the state which over-billed the state a combined total of $3.5 million.
The letter states that several other states report, “similar findings with Planned Parenthood and other Medicaid family planning providers.”
They point to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article which states, “All of the family planning clinics, including those run by Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, are paid the same rate by the state.”
In response to the previous investigation of the prior family planning facilities, Nicole Safar, director of policy and legal advocacy for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, told the Journal, “We are all doing it the same way.”
The lawmakers write that Planned Parenthood’s statement in that article is troubling, “It is peculiar and deeply troubling,” they said, “that any large recipient of taxpayer dollars would pre-emptively divulge that they are guilty of massively defrauding the government and actively in violation with their billing practices, with no plans to change or reimburse taxpayers–and yet that is precisely what Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin is admitting to.”
But, of course, Planned Parenthood is crying foul and the media is listening.
As Safar so boldly stated before the audit has even begun, “Any sort of audit of family planning providers is only going to show widespread compliance. There is no wrongdoing, there is no fraud,” Safar said. “Anyone can shine a light on us.”
Americans United for Life has documented known and alleged abuses by Planned Parenthood, in a published entitled, The Case for Investigating Planned Parenthood, including: misuse of federal health care and family planning funds including that audit reports and admissions by former employees detail a pattern of misuse by some Planned Parenthood affiliates. (read here)
A 2014 report by the legal group, Alliance Defending Freedom, entitled, “Profit No Matter What,” makes similar claims.
So forgive me if I do not buy what Safar is selling !