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Michigan gets $52M in Medicaid settlement

LANSING, Mich., Oct. 6 (UPI) -- A settlement reached in a Medicaid fraud investigation means Michigan will receive $52.5 million, which state officials said is a record.

Specialized Pharmacy Services and Omnicare Inc. agreed to settle the civil lawsuit after a state investigation showed the company allegedly improperly billed Michigan $17 million over the six years, The Detroit News said Friday.

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The investigation alleged that Specialized Pharmacy Services improperly billed Medicaid for medication, failed to credit Medicaid for drugs not used by Medicaid patients and double billed for prescriptions for patients whose drugs were paid through hospice programs, the News said.

The civil lawsuit resulted from a larger investigation by the Michigan Attorney General's office. That case is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in December.

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