Section 14171.5. (Amended by Stats. 2006, Ch. 538, Sec. 708.)
Cite as: Cal. Welf. & Inst. Code §14171.5.
Any institutional provider of health care services that obtained reimbursement under this chapter to which it is not entitled shall be subject to the following interest charges or penalties:
(a)When it is established upon audit that the provider has claimed payments under this chapter to which it is not entitled, the provider shall pay, in addition to the amount improperly received, interest at the rate specified by subdivision (h) of Section 14171.
(b)When it is established upon audit that the provider claimed payments related to services or costs that the department had previously notified the provider in an audit report that the costs or services were not reimbursable, the provider shall pay in addition to the amount improperly claimed, a penalty of 10 percent of the amount improperly claimed after this notice, plus the cost of the audit. In addition, interest shall be assessed at the rate specified in subdivision (h) of Section 14171. Providers who wish to preserve appeal rights or to challenge the department’s positions regarding appeal issues, may claim the cost or services and not be reimbursed therefor if they are identified and presented separately on the cost report.
(c)When it is established that the provider fraudulently claimed and received payments under this chapter, the provider shall pay a penalty of 25 percent of the amount improperly claimed, plus the cost of the audit, in addition to the amount thereof. In addition, interest will be assessed at the rate specified by subdivision (h) of Section 14171. A fraudulent claim is a claim upon which the provider has been convicted of fraud upon the program. Nothing in this section shall prevent the imposition of any other civil or criminal penalties to which the provider may be liable.
(d)Appeals to action taken in subdivisions (a), (b), and (c) of Section 14171.5 above are subject to the administrative appeals process provided by Section 14171.
(e)Penalties paid by providers under subdivisions (a), (b), and (c) of Section 14171.5 are not reimbursable by the program.
(f)As used in this section, “the cost of the audit” includes actual hourly wages, travel, and incidental expenses at rates allowable by California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board rules, and applicable overhead costs.