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November 3, 2008

Comptroller DiNapoli Releases Audits

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

Department of Correctional Services Otisville Correctional Facility: Selected Fiscal Operations (Report 2007-S-2)
Auditors examined the fiscal internal controls established by Otisville Correctional Facility and found improvements were needed over payroll and procurement. For example, some employees were swapping work shifts without authorization to do so. Other employees were not submitting timecards documenting their attendance. Auditors also identified a number of instances in which a formal competitive process was not used for procurements, as required by state law.

Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Bernard Fineson Developmental Disabilities Services Office: Internal Controls Over Employee Separations (Report 2007-S-116)
State-funded services to individuals with developmental disabilities in Queens are delivered by OMRDD’s Bernard Fineson Developmental Disabilities Services Office (DDSO). Auditors examined the DDSO’s internal controls over employee separations (i.e., resignations, retirements and terminations) and found some employees were overpaid in their last paycheck, because they did not have sufficient leave credits to cover the payments.

Department of Health Medicaid Payments to Clinics When the Patients Were Hospitalized (Follow-Up Report) (Report 2008-F-10)
Medicaid reimbursement rates for inpatient hospital care are generally intended to cover all the costs associated with a hospital stay. However, in a prior audit 2006-S-51, auditors determined that as much as $25.7 million in Medicaid payments were inappropriately made for services provided to hospitalized patients either during the patient’s hospital stay or on the day the patient was hospitalized. Auditors recommended the payments be investigated and all overpayments recovered. When auditors followed up on this prior audit, they found that Department of Health officials had made progress in implementing the recommendations.

Department of Health Medicaid Claims Processing for the Six Months Ended March 31, 2007 (Follow-Up Report) (Report 2008-F-11)
Medicaid claims are processed and paid by an automated system. In audit 2006-S-88, auditors examined the Medicaid claims processed during the six months ended March 31, 2007 and identified overpayments. When auditors followed up on these matters, they found that some progress had been made but more was needed.

Department of State Oversight of the Enhanced Wireless 911 Program (Follow-Up Report) (Report 2008-F-19)
Each county has an emergency call center to receive 911 calls made in that county. If the center is not equipped with an enhanced wireless 911 system, it cannot automatically identify the location of callers using cellular phones, making it difficult to send help to such callers when they are unable to identify their location. In a prior audit 2005-S-68, auditors examined the progress made by the counties in developing enhanced wireless 911 systems and found significant problems. When auditors followed up on these issues, they found that all 58 counties had completed their systems.

Department of Health Physical Therapy Services Provided by Clinics to Medicaid Recipients (Follow-Up Report) (Report 2008-F-21)
In audit 2006-S-63, auditors analyzed claims paid by Medicaid for physical therapy services provided by clinics. To be eligible for reimbursement, such services should be provided by currently licensed physical therapists. However, many of the claims auditors reviewed did not affirm the services were provided by such individuals. In following up on this prior audit, auditors found that controls over payments for physical therapy services had been strengthened as recommended.

Roswell Park Cancer Institute Accuracy of Employee Retirement Reporting (2008-S-58)
Roswell Park Cancer Institute enrolls many of its employees in the New York State Employees’ Retirement System. Auditors examined the Institute’s enrollment practices and found that they complied with State requirements.

Click on the above links for copies of the reports or call the Press Office at (518) 474-4015.

State Agency and Public Authority Audits
The Office of the State Comptroller regularly audits state agencies and public authorities. Auditors ensure that programs achieve their established goals, funds are used efficiently and assets are adequately protected against fraud, waste and abuse. DiNapoli’s office completes approximately 200 state audits and annually identifies hundreds of millions in savings and fraud each year.



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