NM Can Freeze Medicaid Payments To Mental Health Providers

Law360, Washington (July 26, 2013, 5:47 PM EDT) -- A New Mexico federal judge refused Thursday to prevent the state's Human Services Department from freezing Medicaid payments to eight behavioral health services providers over alleged fraudulent billing, noting the providers' case will likely fail.

U.S. District Judge M. Christina Armijo acknowledged that the nonprofit providers' mental health patients may be injured by her temporary restraining order rejection, but she maintained the companies' case isn't strong enough to overturn HSD's decision to suspend the Medicare payments.

HSD halted Medicare payments to 15 total mental health care...
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