US Health and Human Services finds Alabama Medicaid put patient data at risk

October 6, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Medicaid has another problem with data security.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General recently released a report detailing Alabama Medicaid’s failure to “adequately secure its Medicaid Management data and Information System (MMIS).” It also failed to “implement specific controls over its MMIS data and information system” and failed “to provide sufficient oversight” to ensure its vendor maintained security.

Read More

Turf wars, out-of-control spending, lack of oversight plagues OIT

September 7, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Legislation making the Office of Information Technology a stand-alone agency will go into effect on October 1, 2017, but nothing in SB219 as proposed by retiring State Senator Phil Williams, R-Rainbow City, will mitigate the failures of the office, or stem the flood of red-ink coming from the agency.

More money, bigger salaries under new legislation for OIT

Republican Gov. Kay Ivey, along with Finance Director Clinton Carter, are working to clean up the shambles left by former Gov. Robert Bentley and OIT’s leadership. But replacing Agency Chief Dr. Joanne Hale nor the retirement of her assistant, Cheri Martin, is slowing the agency’s spending, or the crippling in-fighting that has led to hundreds of millions in taxpayer funds squandered on high-priced personnel, incompatible software and rank incompetence.

Read More

More money, bigger salaries under new legislation for OIT

February 23, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Legislation to create a standalone agency under the auspices of the Office of Information Technology (OIT) is being aggressively pushed by Gov. Robert Bentley, even though OIT has repeatedly shown itself incompetent in its management of the STARRS accounting system, eStart time and attendance software, CARES system that facilitates Medicaid, CHiPs services for the State’s children, disabled and poor. There are other mismanagement issues but these are big ones.
Read More

APR’s Top 5 Under-reported stories of 2016

December 29, 2016

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Over the past year, APR has broken a number of prominent, statewide stories.

While many of those have been picked up by other news outlets – some of them lifted nearly verbatim from APR’s website without attribution – a few stories have gone almost unnoticed and with little follow-up from more traditional outlets.

These stories are important and involve millions of dollars of taxpayer money, abuses of power and manipulations of the systems meant to ensure law and order and justice in the state. Read More

CARES: Ripe for Fraud and Identity Theft

September 13, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Due to gross mismanagement of the CARES system, not only are Alabama’s most needy citizens in danger of identity theft, but the system’s many failures also open a gaping door to unchecked, fraudulent claims for CHIPs and Medicaid.

After publication of APR’s article, “CARES: A Massive Technology Failure Costing Taxpayers Tens of Millions,” the Alabama Political Reporter received numerous emails revealing the system’s vulnerabilities.
Read More

© Copyright 2017 Alabama Political Reporter