New Mexico In Depth http://kunm.org en Commentary: We Must Treat Central American Immigrants Humanely http://kunm.org/post/commentary-we-must-treat-central-american-immigrants-humanely <p>The Los Angeles Times told the story in 2002 of Enrique, a 17-year-old boy from Honduras who made the treacherous trip across Mexico to reach his mother in the United States.</p><p></p><p>What inspired me most in the Pulitzer Prize-winning series <a href="http://www.pulitzer.org/archives/6694">Enrique’s Journey</a> was the teen’s tenacity in the face of life-threatening danger.</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:08:01 +0000 New Mexico In Depth & Heath Haussamen 47889 at http://kunm.org Commentary: We Must Treat Central American Immigrants Humanely NMInDepth: Open Letter To Sens. O'Neill and Ortiz y Pino http://kunm.org/post/nmindepth-open-letter-sens-oneill-and-ortiz-y-pino <p style="margin-bottom: 24px; font-size: 19.552px; line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Dear Senators Bill O’Neill and Jerry Ortiz y Pino:</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:53:19 +0000 Trip Jennings & New Mexico In Depth 47514 at http://kunm.org NMInDepth: Open Letter To Sens. O'Neill and Ortiz y Pino AG Probe Raises Questions About Health Audit’s Integrity http://kunm.org/post/ag-probe-raises-questions-about-health-audit-s-integrity <p style="margin-bottom: 24px; font-size: 19.552px; line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Last year, the state’s Human Resources Department said an audit had helped find “credible allegations of fraud” against 15 New Mexico health organizations offering services such as drug addiction treatment and suicide counseling. Though HSD kept the audit secret — from the public and the organizations themselves — the department asserted the audit's findings justified suspending Medicaid funding for the organizations.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 14:13:24 +0000 New Mexico In Depth & Trip Jennings 44896 at http://kunm.org AG Probe Raises Questions About Health Audit’s Integrity Arizona Health Company Cuts Staff In Southern NM http://kunm.org/post/arizona-health-company-cuts-staff-southern-nm <p>La Frontera, an Arizona firm brought in last year to&nbsp;care for the mentally ill and those struggling with addiction across Southern New Mexico,&nbsp;laid off or fired 20 employees last week.</p><p>About half were laid off to reduce expenses; the rest were fired for “performance issues,” according to Dan Ranieri, Tucson, Az.-based CEO for La Frontera New Mexico.</p><p>Another six workers, including two “director level” staffers, have resigned since mid-March, Ranieri said Tuesday.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:26:10 +0000 New Mexico In Depth & Rene Romo 44269 at http://kunm.org Arizona Health Company Cuts Staff In Southern NM Audit Of HSD Finds Problems With 2013 Behavioral Health Transition http://kunm.org/post/audit-hsd-finds-problems-2013-behavioral-health-transition <p>The chaotic transition a state agency forced last year from 15 New Mexico-based health organizations to five Arizona companies had many problems, an annual audit has found.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 00:08:49 +0000 New Mexico In Depth & Heath Haussamen 41888 at http://kunm.org Audit Of HSD Finds Problems With 2013 Behavioral Health Transition NM Attorney General: Health Audit Appears To Have Mistakenly Flagged Claims http://kunm.org/post/nm-attorney-general-health-audit-appears-have-mistakenly-flagged-claims <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The audit the state used to justify suspending Medicaid payments to an </span>Alamogordo<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> health center last year appears to have included mistakenly flagged claims, according to the state Attorney General’s Office.</span></p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 17:23:51 +0000 Trip Jennings & New Mexico In Depth 41764 at http://kunm.org NM Attorney General: Health Audit Appears To Have Mistakenly Flagged Claims Health Guides Work To Convince Native Americans To Try Obamacare http://kunm.org/post/health-guides-work-convince-native-americans-try-obamacare <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When he learns that signing up for Medicaid will mean he can visit a nearby hospital in </span>Española<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> instead of traveling to Santa Fe for urgent care, the Native American man sits back in his chair, eyebrows arched. Then he smiles.</span></p><p>“Cool! Oh that’s good,” the gray-haired, middle-aged man from Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo says.</p> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 23:13:21 +0000 Bryant Furlow & New Mexico In Depth 41391 at http://kunm.org Health Guides Work To Convince Native Americans To Try Obamacare AG Releases New Portion Of Health Audit http://kunm.org/post/ag-releases-new-portion-health-audit <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A state-hired auditor found $1,873 in questionable Medicaid payments to a health-care provider cleared of fraud last week by the state's top cop, according to a portion of the audit released Wednesday.</span></p><p class="p1">Using a statistical formula, the auditor then extrapolated from that $1,873 figure to come up with approximately $612,000 in potential Medicaid overpayments by The Counseling Center in Alamogordo, the document shows.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 18:39:20 +0000 New Mexico In Depth & Trip Jennings & Heath Haussaman 40408 at http://kunm.org AG Releases New Portion Of Health Audit