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State Comptroller DiNapoli Releases Audits

November 6, 2019

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

Department of Health (DOH): Medicaid Program: Overpayments for Therapy Services and Prescription Drugs Covered by Medicare (2016-S-73)

The audit identified $20.1 million in Medicaid payments made by DOH for therapy services and drugs that should have been paid for by Medicare.

Department of Health: Improper Medicaid Payments to a Transportation Provider (Follow-Up) (2019-F-28)

An audit issued in September 2018 found that a transportation provider did not maintain the required documentation to support claims prior to 2016, totaling $1.4 million. In a follow-up, auditors found DOH made some progress in addressing the problem identified in the initial report. The Office of the Medicaid Inspector General opened an investigation into the provider; which remained ongoing at the time of the follow-up review.

Department of Health: Medicaid Payments to Medicare Advantage Plan Providers (Follow-Up) (2019-F-29)

An initial audit released in September 2018 identified $770,935 in Medicaid overpayments for Medicare Part C cost-sharing. In a follow-up, auditors found DOH made some progress in addressing the problems identified. However, no action had been taken to recover the inappropriate payments.

New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) Elevator Safety (Follow-Up) (2019-F-22)

An audit issued in June 2018 concluded that inspectors did not always perform thorough elevator inspections. As a result, hazardous and other unsafe conditions were not always identified and corrected. In a follow-up, auditors found that of the prior recommendations, DOB implemented three, partially implemented four, and did not implement two.

New York State Health Insurance Program: CVS Health: Temporary Holding Account Rebate Revenue (2019-S-27)

CVS Health did not seek rebates from drug manufacturers on claims that were, in fact, rebate-eligible. Auditors identified $428,958 in rebate revenue that is due to the state Department of Civil Service for rebate-eligible claims in the account for the period Jan. 1, 2014 through Dec. 31, 2018.  

Metropolitan Transportation Authority: Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority (TBTA): Selected Aspects of Collection of Bridge and Tunnel Tolls and Fees (Follow-Up) (2019-F-1)

An earlier report found that, while the TBTA makes efforts to collect unpaid tolls, $11.3 million in tolls were either written off or uncollected. In addition, TBTA had more than $72 million in unpaid fees for the Henry Hudson Bridge from 2013 through 2015. In a follow-up, auditors found TBTA officials have made progress in addressing the issues identified. However, additional improvements are needed.

State Education Department (SED): Oversight of Nurse Licensing (Follow-Up) (2019-F-26)

An audit issued in September 2017 found the SED was not completing investigations, particularly for complaints that pose a substantial danger to public health and safety, in a timely manner. In a follow-up, auditors found SED made some progress in addressing the issues identified in the initial audit.

Department of Taxation and Finance: Controls Over Unclaimed Bottle Deposits (Follow-Up) (2019-F-6)

A report issued in December 2017, determined that the department deposited all funds received into the General Fund, as required. However, it did not assess penalties on 39 deposit initiators that failed to file required quarterly reports, nor did it assess penalties on those who filed late, and took little action to improve compliance. In a follow-up, auditors found the department has made significant progress in addressing the issues identified in the audit.

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