Iowa DHS penalizes Medicaid provider

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa Department of Human Services officials said Friday they are temporarily withholding nearly $44 million in payments for this month to one of the management companies overseeing the state’s Medicaid program.

Iowa DHS spokesman Matt Highland said in a statement the agency has informed Iowa Total Care of the penalty because of several compliance issues.

They include unpaid claims, inaccurate claims payments, problems with pricing methods and pharmacy dispensing fee problems.

The agency said more than 106,000 claims were not paid and the company was given ample time to correct the problems.