New Jersey criticized for poor oversight of Medicaid rides

Federal auditors have found that New Jersey has done a poor job of overseeing a company that provides non-emergency medical transportation for Medicaid patients in the state.

NJ.com reports the audit found that only 12 out of 100 randomly selected trips made by Georgia-based LogistiCare met state and federal standards. The company offers rides to dialysis centers, chemotherapy appointments and other non-emergency medical service providers.

Among the violations uncovered includes the state’s failure to ensure that drivers were properly licensed and that LogistiCare’s vehicles met all necessary requirements.

LogistiCare officials say the company’s vehicles are all licensed, registered and inspected.

New Jersey regulators denied several of the audit’s claims.

The review was conducted by the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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