Politics & Government
5:00 am
Thu November 21, 2013

State Auditor Beth Wood Points Finger At DHHS

Credit NC Auditor's Office

State auditor Beth Wood went before lawmakers for a second day Wednesday to defend her office’s audit of the state’s Medicaid program.

A new computer system called NCTracks that allows health care providers to get reimbursed for Medicaid claims has been operating since July first. But many doctors and hospitals have reported they’re not getting the money they’re owned, and the system has numerous glitches.

Auditor Wood says she informed Secretary of Health and Human Services Aldona Wos that the system might not be able to go live in July. Republican Senator Stan Bingham asked Wood who was responsible for letting the program move forward.

"We’re talking about hundreds of millions of dollars, and there seem to be no consequences from this, and that just amazes me,: said Bingham.

Wood said: "I would agree with that statement as a CPA. The accountability comes at the Secretary level, those that report to the Secretary, the governor, I mean that accountability for letting things like this happen."

Officials with the program vendor say they’re providing one-on-one assistance to health care providers who are experiencing problems with NCTracks.