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NYS Comptroller

THOMAS P. DiNAPOLI

Audits of Local Governments and School Districts

Report Highlights

Whitehall Central School District - Medicaid Reimbursements (2019M-42)

Released: June 21, 2019 -- [read complete report - pdf]

Audit Objective

Determine whether the District claimed all Medicaid reimbursements to which it was entitled for services provided to eligible special education students.

Key Findings

  • The District lacked adequate procedures to ensure Medicaid claims were submitted and reimbursed for all eligible services provided.
  • Claims were not submitted and reimbursed for 628 eligible services totaling $24,179. Had these services been appropriately claimed, the District could have realized revenues totaling $12,090.

Key Recommendations

  • Establish procedures to ensure all documentation requirements are met to submit Medicaid claims for reimbursement for all eligible services provided.
  • Review all unclaimed services, determine whether these services are reimbursable and submit any eligible claims for reimbursement.

District officials generally agreed with our recommendations and have initiated, or indicated they planned to initiate corrective action.

Background

The Whitehall Central School District (District) serves the residents of the Towns of Dresden, Fort Ann, Granville, Hampton and Whitehall in Washington County.

The nine-member elected Board of Education (Board) is responsible for the general management and control of financial and educational affairs. The Superintendent of Schools is the chief executive officer and, along with other administrative staff, is responsible for day-to-day management under the Board’s direction.

The Director of Special Education oversees the special education program.

Quick Facts
Enrollment715
2018-19 Adopted Appropriations$16.5 million
Medicaid Reimbursements For 2017-18 Services$146,598

Audit Period

July 1, 2017 – November 30, 2018


Local Government and School Accountability Contact Information:

Phone: (518) 474-4037; Email: localgov@osc.ny.gov
Address: Office of the State Comptroller, Division of Local Government and School Accountability
110 State Street, 12th Floor; Albany, NY 12236