November 19, 2010
DiNapoli's Office Completes Audit of the Mahopac Central School District
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced his office completed the audit: Mahopac Central School District – Internal Controls Over Medicaid Reimbursement.
“As Comptroller, I’m committed to using the audit process to make sure state and local governments run as efficiently as possible,” DiNapoli said. “These audits are tools governments should use to better protect taxpayer dollars. The district needs to better supervise its outside contractors to ensure it gets all the Medicaid reimbursements it can rightfully claim.”
DiNapoli’s auditors found that the district engaged a contractor to complete, process and submit claims to DOH for reimbursement of services provided to Medicaid-eligible special education students. However, auditors noted the contractor did not file claims in the 2008-09 fiscal year. Therefore, the district did not receive any Medicaid reimbursement for these services.
Further, the district failed to monitor the contractor to ensure that the contractor submitted all claims to DOH and failed to monitor Medicaid reimbursement claims to ensure that the district received all Medicaid aid to which it is entitled.
Auditors from DiNapoli’s office noted that the district’s Medicaid reimbursements declined sharply from the 2004-05 to 2008-09 fiscal years. As a result of inadequate monitoring, the district and state each lost approximately $39,000 in Medicaid reimbursements for the period July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009.
For a full copy of the audit, see: http://www.osc.state.ny.us/localgov/audits/schools/2010/mahopac.pdf
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