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Director resigns at Wellcare Health

Wall Street Journal, April 26, 2010
A prominent director at WellCare Health Plans Inc. has resigned and raised questions about accounting practices at the Medicare and Medicaid company. Regina Herzlinger, the head of the board's audit committee and a professor of business administration at Harvard Business School, said internal audits found WellCare overbilled the Illinois Medicaid program by $1 million in 2009 and potentially overcharged states for almost $500,000 worth of maternity care. Additionally, the company ran afoul of Georgia's requirements that it account for each patient visit for which it paid providers, resulting in a $610,000 fine, she said.