N.C.’s Medicaid agency launches investigation of major WNC mental-health services provider

North Carolina’s Medicaid agency has suspended Medicaid payments to Boone-based New River Behavior HealthCare, one of the largest providers of mental-health services in Western North Carolina, leaving the public agency to possibly suspend operations, Carolina Public Press learned Friday.

“We cannot divulge very much at all about this other than an allegation has been made, and the N.C. Division of Medical Assistance is investigating,” N.C. Department of Health and Human Services’ spokesman Brad Deen said. “By federal law, we are required to suspend Medicaid payments to this provider. By law, I cannot divulge the nature of the allegation.”

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