DURHAM, N.C. -- Gov. Beverly Perdue says she is putting together a plan to make North Carolina more diligent in dealing with people who are abusing the state's Medicaid system through fraud and waste.
Perdue said Wednesday she'll roll out in the next couple of weeks an initiative that identifies unnecessary health services and providers overprescribing certain drugs.
The governor told more than 600 people at the North Carolina Chamber's annual meeting in Durham the newly developed system should help detect patients who may be gaming the system.
Perdue says Attorney General Roy Cooper has agreed to prosecute those people once identified.
The effort comes amid projections the state this year will spend $250 million more on Medicaid than budgeted.
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