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September 20, 2011


Comptroller DiNapoli Releases Audits

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

Department of Health, Medicaid Overpayments of Coinsurance Fees for Medicare Beneficiaries (Follow-Up) (2011-F-11)
In audit report 2008-S-128, auditors examined the payments made by Medicaid over a one-year period on behalf of individuals who were eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid to determine whether any overpayments had been made. Auditors identified an estimated $2.7 million in overpayments. When they followed up with Department of Health officials, they found that significant progress had been made in correcting the problems identified in the initial report.

Office of Mental Health, Oversight of Criminal History Record Checks for Service Provider Employees (Follow-Up) (2011-F-1)
The Office of Mental Health (OMH) provides inpatient and outpatient services to 500,000 New Yorkers annually. OMH may be assisted by not-for-profit service providers, but all prospective employees who would have close or unsupervised contact with patients are required by law to undergo a background check. In audit report 2008-S-87, auditors looked at the office's oversight of the service providers' compliance and found that the oversight provided reasonable assurance the providers were complying with the requirement. However, two recommendations were made and when auditors followed up with officials they found that both recommendations had been implemented.

Department of Civil Service, Health Insurance Premiums (2010-S-62)
The Department of Civil Service provides health insurance and other benefit programs for state agencies and participating employers.  Auditors found that the department inappropriately used state funds to pay health insurance premiums for 13 of 227 individuals examined. As of March 16, 2011, these inappropriate payments totaled $409,799. The department has since corrected its records and recovered these funds.

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