Seven doctors’ offices filed a class-action lawsuit against the state’s health agency today, seeking relief for the bungled N.C. Tracks Medicaid billing system that has delayed payments to doctor’s offices and hospitals around the state.
The 48-page lawsuit (click here or scroll down to read) filed this morning in Wake County Superior Court is looking for damages from Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), the company contracted to build the billing system; the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and two companies hired to test the system before its launch.
“The Defendants’ wrongful conduct caused massive delays in payment of reimbursements that were due and owing but simple were not paid due to errors in NCTracks,” the lawsuit states. “By one estimate, the State failed to pay nearly $700 million in the first 90 days of NC Tracks’ operation alone.”
In some instances, patients cancelled payments and doctors’ practices went months without payments, leaving medical practitioners in financial straits, the suit alleges.