Posted: Oct 4, 2013 4:30 PM
Updated: Oct 4, 2013 5:02 PM
AUSTIN - A judge has ordered the state to pay $1.25 million to a Harlingen dental practice.
The ruling caps a two-year battle between Harlingen Family Dentistry and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.
The state issued a payment hold in September, 2011, against the practice claiming fraudulent Medicaid billings.
The practice continued providing services to Medicaid patients.
The state never proved the fraud allegations and an administrative judge ordered the state to release the money it owed to the practice.
The state has refused to pay Harlingen Family Dentistry. This week, a district judge issued a final order against the state.
The decision, though, may not be the final word in the case. State officials said they will appeal the ruling.