Idaho company denies bilking Medicaid

Associated Press

Idaho company denies bilking Medicaid

By Associated Press. CREATED Mar 8, 2014

KIMBERLY, Idaho (AP) -- A south-central Idaho home meal delivery service accused by state and federal officials in a federal lawsuit of overbilling Medicaid by nearly $900,000 is denying the allegations.

The Times-News in a story on Saturday reports that attorneys for Kimberly-based Homestyle Direct LLC filed a response to the lawsuit on Feb. 19.

The attorneys say Homestyle Direct owners Robert and Mariann Griffith did deliver some home meals to dead or hospitalized clients but only because they were unaware of changes in the status of the clients.

The lawsuit filed Jan. 6 in U.S. District Court in Boise contends the company from January 2007 to February 2011 overbilled Medicaid by about $888,000. The lawsuit seeks triple damages and penalties.

The lawsuit says the company submitted claims company officials knew were ineligible for reimbursement.