Ohio Medicaid Drops 4,200 Providers In Error After Glitch

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The Ohio Department of Medicaid says it erroneously sent about 4,200 letters to doctors and health workers last week notifying them they had been dropped from the Medicaid program.
Ohio Medicaid spokesman Sam Rossi tells The Columbus Dispatch that the letters were the result of a coding mistake made during a routine system update Wednesday. He says the notifications appeared to be sent to random providers.
By Monday afternoon, Medicaid officials had contacted about one-third of the affected providers.
Some Medicaid providers and their clients said they were perplexed by the mailing, noting that home-care providers may not have shown up at their clients’ homes if they thought the letter was accurate.
The newspaper reports that the improper notifications cost more than $1,600 in postage.