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Rs 14:126.3.1 Unauthorized Participation In Medical Assistance Programs

§126.3.l. Unauthorized participation in medical assistance programs

A. A person commits the crime of unauthorized participation in a medical assistance

program when the person has been excluded by any state or federal agency under the

authority of 42 U.S.C. 1320a-7, LAC 50:4165, or LAC 50:4167, and knowingly:

(1) Seeks, obtains, or maintains employment with a provider.

(2) Seeks, obtains, or maintains employment as a provider.

(3) Seeks, obtains, or retains any monies or payments derived in whole or in part

from any state or federal medical assistance funds while excluded from participation in any

state or federal medical assistance program.

(4) Seeks, obtains, or maintains a contract with a provider.

(5) Shares in the proceeds from a provider or participates in the ownership or

management of a provider.

B. The following definitions apply to the terms in this Section:

(1) "Exclusion" means that a state or federal oversight agency has determined that

the person or provider can no longer be employed by, contract with, or have an ownership

or management interest in any entity that provides services which will be billed directly or

indirectly to any medical assistance program.

(2) "Medical assistance program" means any state or federally funded program paid

for directly or indirectly with federal or state funds.

(3) "Oversight agency" means the state or federal agency responsible for the

administration of the medical assistance program, including but not limited to Louisiana's

Department of Health or the United States Department of Health and Human Services, office

of the inspector general.

(4) "Participation" means employment for a provider in any capacity, employment

as a provider in any capacity, or obtaining any monies derived in whole or part from any

medical assistance programs.

(5) "Payment" includes a payment, any portion of which is paid out of any medical

assistance program funds, including but not limited to the Louisiana Medicaid Program.

"Payment" also includes a payment by a contractor, subcontractor, or agent for the Louisiana

Medicaid Program, or any other state or federally funded medical assistance program

pursuant to a managed care program, which is operated, funded, or reimbursed by the

Louisiana Medicaid Program, or any other state or federally funded medical assistance

program.

(6) "Provider" means an actual provider of medical assistance or other service,

including any managed care organization providing services pursuant to a managed care

program operated, funded, or reimbursed by any state or federally funded medical assistance

program, including but not limited to the Louisiana Medicaid Program.

C. Whoever commits the crime of unauthorized participation in medical assistance

programs shall be:

(1) Imprisoned for not more than six months or fined not more than one thousand

dollars, or both, when the state or federal exclusion is based on an underlying criminal

conviction defined by Louisiana law as a misdemeanor, or when the exclusion is based on

any reason other than a criminal conviction.

(2) Imprisoned for not more than five years with or without hard labor, or fined not

less than one thousand dollars nor more than twenty thousand dollars, or both, when the

exclusion is based on an underlying criminal conviction defined by Louisiana law as a

felony.

Acts 2009, No. 337, §1, eff. July 1, 2009.

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John Bel Edwards
John Bel Edwards
January 11, 2016 -
Democratic
1-225-342-4404
900 North 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA, 70802

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