Traverse City Record-Eagle

Michigan

January 4, 2013

Michigan in Brief: 01/04/2013

Mom to remain jailed in daughter's death

DETROIT — A Detroit woman charged with fatally stabbing her daughter three days before the child's ninth birthday pleaded not guilty to a murder charge Thursday as authorities scrambled to determine why the girl and four siblings were not removed from their home weeks ago.

Police responding to a call from neighbors found Tameria Greene bleeding from the chest Sunday on the floor of her family's apartment. She was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The Michigan Department of Human Services said it tried to remove Tameria and her siblings from the home as far back as 2010, but its requests were denied. The most recent petition was filed the day after Thanksgiving, alleging Semeria Greene, 26, had abused her daughter, who had bites on her hand, forearm and face.

"DHS continued to provide court-ordered counseling services to the family as well as conducting in-home visits, the last of which occurred only two days before Tameria's death. We share the grief felt by her loved ones and her community," director Maura Corrigan said in a statement.

Audit flags $2.3M in Medicaid payments

LANSING — An audit has found that a Michigan agency made more than $2.3 million in improper payments for wheelchairs, ventilators and other medical equipment as part of the Medicaid program.

The report released Thursday flagged the Department of Community Health for paying claims without prior authorization, making duplicate payments and buying incontinence supplies from the wrong contractors.

State officials say they agree with the state auditor's recommendations for improvement, including setting lower rates to buy used equipment.

Auditors looked at $181 million of Medicaid claims paid over a nearly three-year period starting in 2009. They focused on equipment in patients' homes such as hospital beds and wheelchairs. Claims for prosthetics, orthotics, syringes, needles and dressings also were examined.

Medicaid helps low-income people with their medical bills.

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