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North Carolina’s Medicaid agency has suspended Medicaid payments to Boone-based New River Behavior HealthCare, one of the largest providers of mental-health services in Western North Carolina, leaving the public agency to possibly suspend operations, Carolina Public Press learned Friday.
“We cannot divulge very much at all about this other than an allegation has been made, and the N.C. Division of Medical Assistance is investigating,” N.C. Department of Health and Human Services’ spokesman Brad Deen said. “By federal law, we are required to suspend Medicaid payments to this provider. By law, I cannot divulge the nature of the allegation.” ...
The news of the investigation comes just weeks after New River Behavioral suspended service to McDowell, Alexander and Caldwell counties. “This change is necessary for us to continue to operate in today’s climate of budget cuts and transformation in healthcare delivery,” it stated in a news release posted to its website. Service ended to those counties on Sept. 9. ...
Messages left by Carolina Public Press for New River Behavioral HealthCare’s spokesperson were not returned Friday.Read the full article