Mental health care provider names Idaho in tort

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — A mental health care provider in the eastern Idaho city of Pocatello has taken the first step toward suing the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

The Idaho State Journal (http://bit.ly/SxHTxs ) reports Seasons of Hope filed a tort claim contending the business sustained damages in excess of $15 million after the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare suspended its Medicaid provider status amid a fraud investigation earlier this year.

A district judge found in June that Seasons of Hope didn’t commit any fraud but he did order the company to pay the Department of Health and Welfare about $94,000.

In the tort claim, Seasons of Hope says the Department of Health and Welfare was trying to put the company out of business by launching the investigation.

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Information from: Idaho State Journal, http://www.journalnet.com

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