and Trinity Behavioral Health Services
are being suspended as Medicaid providers by the Department of Human Services, DHS has announced. The companies are owned by Ted Suhl; the suspension comes after a former DHS employee pleaded guilty to bribery and conspiracy to bribe Suhl in response for inside agency information on facility reports. Suhl was not named in the information filed by the U.S. attorney's office with the federal court, but DHS has confirmed that Suhl was the "Person C" referred to
in court filings.
In letters to both companies, DHS said that the agency "received a credible allegation of fraud" against Maxus and Trinity. Read the letters
In its announcement of the, DHS said it "feels it is necessary that providers and potential providers understand we take allegations of this nature extremely seriously."
The agency is allowing for a transition period so that children and adults served by Maxus and Trinity will have continuity of care. Value Options, which contracts with DHS, will work with the Medicaid beneficiaries to find alternate providers. That means Maxus and Trinity will operate during the transition period. Earlier, DHS said 80 inpatient and 2,300 outpatients would be affected.
Suhl has 30 days to appeal the decision.