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April 19, 2011


Comptroller DiNapoli Releases State Audits

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced today the following audits have been issued:

Department of Health, Inappropriate Medicaid Claims for Newborn Services (Follow-Up) (2010-F-43)
In audit report 2008-S-152, auditors examined selected Medicaid payments for services provided to newborn infants and identified overpayments of $480,894. The overpayments were made because the claims submitted by the medical providers erroneously understated the infants’ birth weights. When auditors followed-up with department officials, they found some progress had been made, but improvements were still needed.

Department of Health, Medicaid Reimbursement of Synagis (Follow-Up) (2010-F-46)
In audit report 2008-S-153, auditors examined Medicaid payments for Synagis over a three-year period and identified about $29.7 million in payments that did not comply with the Department of Health’s (DOH) guidelines for the use of the drug. Some of the non-compliant payments may have been medically necessary in the circumstances, but others may not have been necessary. Auditors examined the payment controls established by the DOH to determine whether they provided reasonable assurance the payments were, in fact, medically necessary. A number of weaknesses were identified in these controls. When auditors followed up with DOH officials, they found that progress had been made and all of their recommendations had been implemented.

Natural Heritage Trust, Barns Grant Program (2010-S-37)
The purpose of the Natural Heritage Trust’s Barns Grant Program is to restore and preserve barns and related agricultural buildings in New York State. Auditors looked at whether grant funds were used appropriately and if certain conflicts of interest existed within the program.  They also assessed the propriety of the trust’s classification of the coordinator as an employee. In addition, auditors followed up on the status of the trust’s efforts to return certain excess program funds to the state as recommended in a previous audit of Environmental Protection Fund grants awarded by the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Auditors determined that grant funds were used appropriately, no conflicts of interest existed within the program and the coordinator was appropriately classified. However, the trust still has not yet refunded about $213,000 due the state and was recommended it do so promptly.

State Education Department, Tuition Reimbursement Account (2010-S-39)
Auditors examined the State Education Department’s (SED) Statements of Revenues, Expenditures, and Changes in Fund Balance, and the related Balance Sheets for the Tuition Reimbursement Account for the three fiscal years ended March 31, 2010. The statements are the responsibility of SED management.  Auditors found that the statements fairly present, in all material respects, the Tuition Reimbursement Account’s financial position and operations as of March 31, 2008, March 31, 2009 and March 31, 2010.



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