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November 25, 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: Green Haven Correctional Facility: Selected Payroll Practices (2007-S-61)
Auditors identified problems with employee time and attendance practices at the Green Haven Correctional Facility. For example, while correction officers are allowed to swap shifts with one another, they must follow specific procedures. Auditors found correction officers at Green Haven often did not follow these procedures when they swapped shifts. As a result, officers could have been paid for shifts that were never worked. Auditors also found the facility did not always recover overpayments from its employees.

Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Late Vendor Payments (2007-S-117)
Under the Prompt Payment Law, vendors may receive interest on their payments from New York State when payments are not timely. Auditors examined a sample of untimely vendor payments made by the Division of Military and Naval Affairs over a 32-month period and found the delays were avoidable.

Department of Health: Medicaid Payments to Home Care Providers While Recipients Were Hospitalized (Follow-Up Report) (2008-F-23)
Home care services can be reimbursed by Medicaid when they enable the recipient to live at home. In a prior audit 2006-S-77, auditors identified about $5.7 million in payments for home care services that were potentially inappropriate because the recipients appeared to be hospitalized at the time the home care services were supposedly provided. When auditors followed up on these matters, they found department officials had made progress in implementing audit recommendations.

Department of Civil Service: New York State Health Insurance Program: Inappropriate Reimbursement Claims From Island Medical Associates (Follow-Up Report) (2008-F-34)
Island Medical Associates operated a clinic where most of the physicians participated in the Empire Plan. When these physicians provided services to Empire Plan members, the services should have been reimbursed at the agreed upon rates for participating providers. However, in audit 2007-S-54, auditors found questionable billing practices. The services were inappropriately reimbursed at the non-participating rates, which were five times higher. In a follow up audit, auditors found the prior audit’s recommendations had been partly implemented and the clinic’s billing practices were being investigated by law enforcement officials.

Government Accountability
The Office of the State Comptroller regularly audits state agencies, public authorities and New York City agencies. 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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