Department of Health and Human Services

Office of Inspector General -- AUDIT

"Review of Outpatient Psychiatric Services Provided by the Waterbury Hospital for the Fiscal Year Ending September 30, 1997," (A-01-99-00501)

October 5, 1999

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Based on a statistical sample, we estimate that the hospital submitted at least $1,909,961 in outpatient psychiatric charges that did not meet Medicare criteria for reimbursement.  Specifically, charges for psychiatric care were not properly supported by medical records or were otherwise medically unnecessary.  We also identified $212,372 in costs ineligible for Medicare reimbursement that the hospital claimed on its fiscal year (FY) 1997 cost report.  We recommended that the hospital ensure that charges for psychiatric services are covered and properly documented in accordance with Medicare requirements.  We also recommended that the hospital establish nonreimbursable cost centers or otherwise exclude costs related to noncovered services from its Medicare cost reports. We are providing the results of our review to the fiscal intermediary so that it can apply the appropriate adjustments of $1,909,961 and $212,372 to the hospital's FY 1997 Medicare cost report.