The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) has an alarming backlog of unpaid invoices from public health services providers.
A recent item from Maryland Matters highlights concerns with the Maryland Department of Health’s processing of payments.
Delegate Kirill Reznik contended, during a recent budget hearing, that MDH has over 900 such invoices, a number contested by Governor Larry Hogan’s administration. The delegate notes the backlog dates back to July of 2021. The Administration suggests MDH’s hacking and late invoice submissions are to blame for delays in payment.
WTOP reports vacancies and COVID-related absences within MDH’s accounting staff could also be at fault.
However, one former MDH employee suggested invoice backlogs have been common. Two health care providers, Behavioral Health System Baltimore and Charm City Care Connection, suggested late payments are chronic and are still awaiting payment for several invoices. In the former’s case, $15 million is still outstanding.
In recent weeks, MDH has come under increased scrutiny for actions taken during the COVID-19 pandemic, including its handling of autopsies and alleged retaliatory actions against a whistleblower.