- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 13, 2005

Affiliated Computer Services Inc., which processes the District’s Medicaid claims, is “aware of and is supporting” a federal probe into the billing practices of one of the District’s largest Medicaid transportation providers, a company official said yesterday.

The investigation focuses on whether D.C.-based Voice of Social Concern Association Inc. billed the government using Medicaid identification numbers that belonged to recipients who were deceased, according to records filed in U.S. District Court.

No criminal charges have been filed against Voice of Social Concern or its president, Akube W. Ndoromo. Mr. Ndoromo has denied any wrongdoing.

The District contracts with Affiliated Computer Services Inc. (ACS) to process and screen Medicaid claims, including those submitted by Voice of Social Concern that federal authorities are investigating.

“ACS is aware of and is supporting the federal investigation into Medicaid claims submitted by the District contractor under investigation,” said Joseph Barrett, a spokesman for ACS. “An internal ACS review indicates that claims submitted for processing by the District contractor in question were processed properly.”

Robert Maruca, director of the D.C. Medical Assistance Administration, which runs the District’s more than $1 billion Medicaid program, said yesterday that D.C. officials have discontinued doing business with the Voice of Social Concern.

Based on the results of an audit, Mr. Maruca said Medicaid provider numbers assigned to the Voice of Social Concern were deactivated “thereby preventing any further payments.”

“The Medicaid staff … worked closely with federal investigators on this case,” he said.

Mr. Maruca said ACS “properly screened, adjudicated and processed the claims submitted by the Voice of Social Concern.”

In December, federal authorities seized more than $1 million from eight personal and corporate accounts held by Mr. Ndoromo and Voice of Social Concern. Authorities also seized a 2004 Land Rover and a 2001 Chevrolet 3500 Express van.

Authorities investigating include the FBI, U.S. Postal Service and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, court records show.

Mr. Ndoromo told The Washington Times in a recent interview that he only billed the government for rides his company gave to valid Medicaid recipients. “There is zero fraud,” he said.

However, federal authorities have questioned whether Voice of Social Concern billed Medicaid on major holidays and during a three-day stretch in February 2003 when heavy snow conditions paralyzed the D.C. area, records show.

Mr. Ndoromo said his company dated claims on the day they were processed, not on the day that it gave clients rides.

Under Medicaid rules, providers must submit the date, nature of the trip and Medicaid number of each recipient it bills the government.

Non-emergency transportation companies in the District get paid $33 per round trip, and more money based on mileage outside of the city.

The D.C. Office of the Inspector General is conducting an audit into the District’s non-emergency Medicaid transportation program, which cost about $12.7 million in 2003 and $14.3 million last year, according the inspector general’s 2006 audit plan.

The plan states that the inspector general is seeking to find out whether the District’s non-emergency transportation program “has internal controls in place to guard against fraud.”

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