The Trump administration hopes to curb a startling rise in improper Medicaid payments by stepping up its crackdown on ineligible program beneficiaries.
Improper Medicaid payments reached nearly $57.4 billion in fiscal year 2019, up from $36.2 billion in fiscal year 2018, according to audit data released Nov. 18 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Medicare is faring better. Improper payments under traditional Medicare fell by $7 billion from fiscal years 2017 to 2019 to a total of $28.9 billion. That’s the lowest level since 2010.
The errant Medicaid payments accounted for nearly 15% of Medicaid payments in FY...