Department of Health and Human Services

Office of Inspector General -- AUDIT

"Review of Graduate Medical Education Costs at Shands Hospital at University of Florida," (A-04-01-01002)

May 10, 2002


Complete Text of Report is available in PDF format (1.1 mb). Copies can also be obtained by contacting the Office of Public Affairs at 202-619-1343.


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:

This final audit report shows that the Shands Hospital at University of Florida (Hospital) did not use accurate data when reporting full-time equivalents (FTE) for claiming direct graduate medical education (GME) and indirect graduate medical education (IME) costs.  The Hospital (1) did not support all FTEs claimed, (2) included time spent in unallowable activities and areas, and (3) inappropriately classified specialty residents as primary care residents.  Hospital officials reported FTEs for IME inaccurately because they experienced difficulty using revised software for electronic cost reporting.  Had Hospital officials used the correct FTE numbers, the reimbursement amount derived within the cost report would have been much less than what was calculated using a separate spreadsheet model.  Correction of the cost reports would result in increasing the Hospitalís 2-year claim for IME by $1,471,801 and reducing the 2-year claim for GME by $575,621.  Hospital officials also reported that they have implemented procedures, where needed, to identify time spent in unallowable activities and areas.