Update on SENATE BILL - SB 5458
Recently, the Senate Committee on Health & Long Term Care met to discuss SB 5458. Several groups raised arguments for and against SB 5458.
Bill Sponsors included: Senators Keiser, Pflug, Kline, Becker, Conway, Pridemore, Rockefeller and Parlette.
A few PRO and CON Arguments for Senate Bill SB 5458 include the following:
Staff Summary of Public Testimony: PRO: This bill meets the growing need of the state to fight Medicaid fraud. It will address provider fraud. The bill will bring in money to the state and could bring in more if the False Claims Act qualifies for the federal rebate. It gives the AG the tools to fight Medicaid theft.
The longer statute of limitations will save the cases the AG already has. It will enable the AG to hire staff to fight Medicaid fraud and bring back recoveries to the state. DSHS does have an effective integrity program and a new fraud and abuse detection system. We are concerned about the rising costs of healthcare. Reducing waste and fraud will help to control costs.
CON: The bill will deter physician participation in the Medicaid program. Audit activities are already in existence and federal and state agencies already have activities to recover inappropriate payments. Instead of receiving more money, Washington will get less money due to the qui tam plaintiff.
This will increase costs due to increased litigation. Seventy-five percent of qui tam cases are for non-meritorious claims. We support Medicaid auditor funding and the AG having the appropriate amount of resources to defend against fraud. The bill contains a bounty hunter provision. Regarding innocent parties, damages should go both ways.
Click on the following link to read the SB Report for SB 5458