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Inspector General Annual Report details progress on provider, recipient fraud

The DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) 2014 Annual Report (PDF) reviews the year’s accomplishments, looks at trends and provides an overview of plans to improve protections for those who depend on public programs. The report highlights DHS efforts to aggressively pursue provider and recipient fraud — more than 400 cases relating to provider fraud were opened and more than $7 million in overpayments were recovered last year. The OIG continued its work on a new background study system that requires the use of fingerprints and photographs of job applicants who work in settings where vulnerable adults and children receive services. An outline of new initiatives are also featured.

2014 Report Details Maltreatment Information

The Maltreatment Report Data for Fiscal Year 2014 provides information about the number and type of reports of alleged maltreatment involving DHS licensed programs and facilities, the number of reports that required investigation and the resolution of the investigation.

Child care case establishes precedent regarding fraudulent billing

A southern Minnesota county, in consultation with the DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG), successfully excluded a childcare center from receiving public funding for one year due to fraudulent billing. The county’s investigation showed that the center inflated its attendance records. On four different occasions, childcare personnel visited the center and observed fewer children than the center reported on its attendance records.  Further investigation established that the center billed the state for more children than were listed on daily attendance records, and more children than were observed.

This case is important for several reasons. First, it upheld a lower standard of evidence, making it easier for counties to clamp down on intentional program violations against childcare centers that defraud the state. Now counties will only need to establish that it is more likely than not that a provider engaged in the intentional program violation.

Also, it is sufficient for  a county to prove a provider’s intent to commit fraud if a number of circumstances are consistent with the intent to defraud.  As a result, it is not necessary for the county to introduce direct testimony or evidence of a provider’s intent to commit fraud.

This case significantly benefits counties that are interested in pursuing program violations by child care providers through the administrative disqualification hearing process. The OIG legal unit is available to answer any questions or concerns related to this case. Please contact the OIG at 651-431-4328 or

Infant Safe Sleep Week promotes awareness of serious risk to babies

In recognition of Gov. Mark Dayton proclaiming Nov. 16 to 22 Infant Safe Sleep Week (PDF) , DHS Inspector General Jerry Kerber, along with physicians from Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), participated in an event Tuesday, Nov. 18 that demonstrated a safe sleep environment for infants. A spike in infant deaths in family child care settings in, particularly in 2010 and 2011, led to new legislation passed in 2013 to add new training requirements (PDF) for licensed child care providers that addressed infant safe sleep practices.

Since the new law took place, infant deaths in child care settings have decreased significantly. This year there has been one death in a family child care setting due to an unsafe sleep environment, but even one death is too many, Kerber said.

Background studies information sessions attract numerous providers

Close to 1,200 people attended a series of information sessions throughout the state to learn about the background studies law passed in 2014. DHS Office of Inspector General staff hosted nine meetings from July through October in various locations throughout Minnesota. The meetings highlighted the new law that requires the department to collect fingerprints and a photograph of the background study subject. The law also requires new software implementation that supports a number of changes designed to improve the accuracy and completeness of background studies. Following the presentation at each session, stakeholders were able to ask questions.

New legislation affecting licensed programs

Information on new laws passed in 2014 that affect licensed programs is now available. Included are highlights of the laws, the statute citation and the effective date. A fact sheet on a new background studies law aimed at improving protections for vulnerable adults and children (PDF) has been posted on the 2014 legislative fact sheets page.

New family child care training information available online

Information on new and increased training requirements for licensed family child care providers as a result of 2013 legislation is now available. The information includes updates on requirements for pre-service training as well as annual in-service training. Providers can also reference the Guide (Scenarios) to New 2014 FCC Training Requirements (PDF), which provides several different scenarios for new family child care licensing applicants as well as current license holders.

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