Iowa State Auditor Rob Sand announces first Medicaid audit

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DES MOINES — It’s a key social service program for many Iowans, and on Thursday, Iowa State Auditor Rob Sand shared some shortcomings.

In a press conference, Sand shared a report on data from the Iowa Medicaid Enterprise, part of the Iowa Department of Human Services.

The report looked at Medicaid encounter data, which the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines that as the primary records of Medicaid services provided to beneficiaries.

Sand found that various data provided by Iowa DHS weren’t usable for testing whether disbursements could be given to providers.

A full copy of the report is available here.

Republican Governor Kim Reynolds’ office released a statement on the audit Thursday.

“Gov. Reynolds has made significant improvements to Iowa’s managed care system to better serve Iowans. All Medicaid data is independently verified by third party review and an independent actuary, and the governor commends IA DHS employees for an outstanding job providing thorough information to the Auditors’ various requests over these last 14 months.”

Pat Garrett, Governor Kim Reynolds (R-Iowa)

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