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September 25, 2015, Contact: Press Office (518) 474-4015

Comptroller DiNapoli Releases State Audits

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

Department of Health: Medicaid Program: Questionable Payments for Practitioner Services and Pharmacy Claims Pertaining to a Selected Physician (2012-S-35)
Auditors found the doctor’s medical records did not meet the minimum standards to support his Medicaid claims. A review of a sample of the records found that they contained inadequate and sparse detail. Further, DOH’s review of the records found that they lacked sufficient details to ensure adequate treatment of complex diseases, contained no treatment plans and were illegible. There was insufficient assurance that the doctor provided appropriate medical care and that services totaling $1,039,404 warranted Medicaid payment. Auditors also questioned whether pharmacy claims totaling approximately $15 million for prescription drugs ordered by the doctor were all necessary.

Department of Health: Selected Operating and Administrative Practices of the Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement (Follow-Up) (2015-F-6)
An initial audit report issued in November 2012 examined whether the Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement was effectively and efficiently combating prescription drug diversion and abuse in New York state, in large part through its analysis and use of prescription data that it maintains electronically. Auditors found several areas where the bureau could improve its ability to ensure its resources are used effectively to stem drug diversion and abuse through a range of efforts, from prevention and deterrence to detection and prosecution. In a follow-up report, auditors found DOH has made progress in enhancing its electronic prescription data and in some of the routine analyses that it performs using this data. It has also improved security and accountability over blank prescription forms returned to its office and to its suppliers.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority: Subway Service Diversions for Maintenance and Capital Projects (2014-F-10)
An initial report issued in July 2011 determined that while the MTA has a number of policies and procedures for managing and controlling subway diversions, more needed to be done. The audit found that diversion costs were not adequately monitored, and daily work on diversions often started late and ended early. The public was not adequately informed about diversions, shuttle bus service was not planned using current ridership data and the budget for advertisements to communicate information about diversions appeared to be too low. In a follow-up, auditors found MTA officials have made some progress in correcting the problems identified. However, additional improvements are needed.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority: Staten Island Railway – On-Time Performance (2015-S-56)
The Staten Island Railway’s (SIR) on-time performance percentage generally approached or exceeded its standard of 95 percent. However, auditors also noted that SIR does not completely report the timeliness of trains to the public. Sometimes trains were intentionally held beyond scheduled departure times to accommodate passengers disembarking from the Staten Island Ferry. Also, trains headed to the ferry were sometimes given priority over scheduled outbound departures, causing the outbound trains to be delayed.

State Education Department (SED): Sunshine Developmental School, Compliance with the Reimbursable Cost Manual (2012-S-64)
The Sunshine Developmental School provides special education programs for about 600 children between the ages of three and five years in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. Sunshine’s special education programs are funded by the New York City Department of Education (DoE), as well as other school districts and counties whose children are served by its special education programs. The DoE and other localities reimburse via tuition payments based on reimbursement rates set by SED. Auditors found $1,776,434 in unsupported or inappropriate costs charged to the programs audited. The ineligible charges by Sunshine include personal service costs of $1,392,542 and non-personal service costs of $383,892.


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