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Department of Health and Human Services

Office of Inspector General -- AUDIT

"Audit of Medicaid Payments for Under 21 Year Old Residents of Private Psychiatric Hospitals that are Institutions for Mental Diseases in Florida," (A-04-02-02014)

February 28, 2003

Complete Text of Report is available in PDF format (691 kb). Copies can also be obtained by contacting the Office of Public Affairs at 202-619-1343.


This final report points out that Florida did not have adequate controls in place to preclude claiming federal financial participation (FFP) for medical services provided to institutions for mental disease (IMD) residents under the age of 21/22.  We identified 30,757 claims out of 153,323 claims applicable to these residents that were not eligible for federal reimbursement, yet FFP was claimed.  The 30,757 claims represented $362,931 in FFP.  Moreover, our review was limited, and additional overpayments likely exist.  We recommended that the state refund the $362,931 and identify and return improper FFP applicable to the other IMDs not included in our review.  The state agency acknowledged FFP of $362,931 was reimbursed in error.  The state agency will make an adjustment equal to this amount on the next quarter’s expenditure report.