Bondi skeptical about Fla. Medicaid fraud study

By: AP
By: AP

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Attorney General Pam Bondi expressed skepticism about plans for a study to measure Medicaid and welfare fraud and abuse in Florida.

Bondi raised the issue Monday at a meeting of the state's Medicaid and Public Assistance Fraud Strike Force.

She questioned whether ERS Group, a Tallahassee economic research firm, could do a study at all much less get it done by July 1 as planned.

Bondi said a similar national study failed to come up with an answer.

Charles Mullin, an economist with the firm, told the panel he was confident it could develop statistical models to help detect fraud.

But he acknowledged more time would help them right.

Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, who chairs the panel, said he could extend the deadline if need be.

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