“Red (ink) tape: Health bureaucracies hampered by fraud” (Our Views, Dec. 6) paints Medicare, Medicaid and Oklahoma providers with a broad brush. As chairman of the board for the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, the state’s Medicaid agency, I’d like to clear up some misconceptions. Oklahoma Medicaid has achieved one of the lowest payment error rates in the nation at 1.24 percent. The national average is approximately 8 percent. We combat fraud beginning when a provider signs a contract with us and continuing as we provide constant education about billing and closely review claims.
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