Medicaid fraud is a deliberate withholding or hiding of information or giving false
information to get Medicaid or Healthy Connections benefits. Medicaid fraud also
occurs when a provider bills Medicaid for services that were not delivered to a
Medicaid recipient, or that were not medically necessary. Medicaid fraud also occurs
if a recipient shares his/her Medicaid number with another person to get medical
care. The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) conducts
preliminary investigations of anyone suspected of Medicaid fraud or abuse, and refers
cases to the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office for prosecution. Medicaid
fraud is a criminal act. Anyone convicted of Medicaid fraud must repay the Medicaid
program for losses (paid claims and managed care premiums), and penalties can include
fines and/or prison terms.
If you suspect fraud or abuse on the part of any Medicaid beneficiary or Medicaid
provider, you should report it to SCDHHS on its toll-free fraud hotline at 1.888.364.3224
or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This information can also be found in the Medicaid Manual.