Shipman Family Home Care Owes State, Not Paying Workers

5:48 PM, Jul 6, 2012   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC - Shipman Family Home Care says it can't make payroll for more than 240 employee in Greensboro because of Medicaid cuts.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services says that's not the case.

N.C. Department of Health & Human Service Statement on the issue: "There has been no reduction in Medicaid funding. N.C. DHHS processes claims from Shipman Family Care Home the same as any other home care provider. N.C. DHHS reviews to date have determined that Shipman Family Care Home owes the state Medicaid agency repayments totaling $2 million. DHHS had attempted to take action placing Shipman on pre-payment review status to ensure services were provided in accordance with Medicaid rules before payment. Shipman's attorney obtained a court order against additional review of claims before payment. DHHS is complying with the court order."
News 2 did a little digging - this isn't the first time the home care agency has been investigated.

A 2011 Federal Audit states, North Carolina's Department of Health & Human Services shouldn't have paid Shipman Family Home Care because the facility didn't meet Federal and State requirements during 2005 and 2007.

And the Feds say, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is at fault for paying them because it wasn't doing its job by monitoring the organization properly.

And the federal wants close to $1.3 million dollars back. This is because the state and federal government pays a percent into Medicaid programs.

Here's the breakdown for North Carolina, the feds pay about 64% and the state pays about 36%.

Now, we talked to Ms. Shipman, the owner over the phone and she says she hasn't done anything wrong and the truth will come out soon. She also added that employees will be paid on next Wednesday.

Stay with Digtriad and WFMY News 2.

If you are a worker and you believe you're not getting paid correctly, you can file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor.

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