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Consultant evaluates pending NC Medicaid system

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RALEIGH (AP) -- An outside computer expert evaluating North Carolina's new Medicaid billing system says it's on schedule to be running this summer without additional unplanned spending.

But the Charlotte consultant says the system still must overcome significant risks to succeed.

The state Department of Health and Human Services released the report Thursday from the consultant brought in last month by agency Secretary Dr. Aldona Wos.

The project is two years behind its original schedule and has cost hundreds of millions of dollars more than first expected.

Consultant Susan Young wrote that a compressed testing period and other system changes increase the risk for problems and unhappy medical providers who get paid for services.

The billing system now processes 88 million claims and issues checks of more than $11 billion annually.

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