Department of Health and Human Services

Office of Inspector General -- AUDIT

"Payments for Services to Deceased Beneficiaries in Mississippi," (A-04-02-07011)

May 28, 2003

Complete Text of Report is available in PDF format (571 kb). Copies can also be obtained by contacting the Office of Public Affairs at 202-619-1343.


The Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Office of Audit Services conducted an audit of Medicaid payments made on behalf of deceased beneficiaries in Mississippi for federal fiscal years 1999 through 2001.  We found that the Mississippi Division of Medicaid made overpayments totaling $105,553 (federal share $80,918) related to recipients after their death.  These overpayments were due to a time lag between the recipientís death and the recipientís Medicaid file update.  We recommended that the DOM recover and refund the federal share of the overpayment.