Health plan examines payments – Raleigh News & Observer

State Health Plan officials are auditing payments to 15 North Carolina hospitals after learning they had not notified the plan of rate changes going as far back as 2003.
The audit is to determine whether the hospitals overcharged for out- patient medical services. The plan had negotiated contracts with the hospitals that set rates for those services, and it required the hospitals to tell the plan if rates changed. If those rates had increased beyond the contract terms, the health plan, which is supported by taxpayers, may have overpaid hospitals for their services