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May 16, 2011


Comptroller DiNapoli Releases Audits

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

Office of Mental Health, Controls Over Prescription Drugs (Follow-Up) (2010-F-49)
The Office of Mental Health operates 25 psychiatric centers, all of which operate pharmacies to supply medications to patients. Prescription drugs are categorized as controlled and non-controlled drugs. In audit report 2007-S-111, auditors found that centers had sufficient controls in place to protect and account for controlled drugs, but not non-controlled drugs. When auditors followed up with officials they found that progress in correcting some of the problems identified had been made but improvements were still needed.

New York State Health Insurance Program, United Healthcare: Payments for High-Cost Wheelchairs (2010-S-20)
Auditors examined $2.9 million in claims paid to four suppliers for 79 high end wheelchairs provided to people covered by the Empire Plan.  These providers were paid $37,000 each for these wheelchairs; resulting in an average gross profit of more than $20,000 per chair. This situation has occurred primarily because the state, and the Health Insurance Council that oversees the NYSHIP program, designed the Empire Plan to have few restrictions on payments made for high cost wheelchairs and accessories. In addition, United HealthCare does an inadequate job of monitoring claims to ensure that suppliers comply with the few restrictions that do exist. The review disclosed overpayments to providers totaling $128,238 simply because claims exceeded contract limits.

Department of Agriculture and Markets, Controls Over State Fair Revenues (2010-S-52)
The Department of Agriculture and Markets oversees the annual New York State Fair. Auditors found department managers put in several controls to provide assurance that State Fair revenues were properly collected, deposited, and recorded. However, auditors found that the contractor operating the Heroes and Legends Café was not accurately recording sales and it is likely that the fair has not received its proper share of the revenues collected. Auditors made 11 purchases at several of the café's operating sites and found 36 percent of the purchases were not rung through the register. Auditors also identified other issues relating to sponsor signs and space leasing that the department should address.


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