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Department of Health and Human Services

Office of Inspector General -- AUDIT

"Operation Restore Trust Review of Victoria Behavioral Health Services Community Mental Health Center, Provider No. 10-4724, Miami, Florida," (A-04-97-02136)

January 30, 1998

Complete Text of Report is available in PDF format (1.27 mb). Copies can also be obtained by contacting the Office of Public Affairs at 202-619-1343.


The Victoria Behavioral Health Services, a Community Mental Health Center located in Miami, Florida, received reimbursement for partial hospitalization services provided to Medicare beneficiaries. The audit showed that the center did not meet the certification requirements established under Sections 1916(c)94) of the Public Health Service Act and 1861 of the Social Security Act. Further, we found that none of the 20 medicare beneficiaries in our sample were eligible for partial hospitalization benefits and that $1,196,664 of the $1,959,296 paid for services provided to the 20 beneficiaries in our sample were unnecessary, unreasonable and unallowable under Medicare coverage and reimbursement criteria. We also found that the center claimed reimbursement for unreasonable and unallowable administrative costs, including related party costs that had not been properly disclosed.

Based on the audit, we recommended that the entire $4,510,161 paid to the center during their participation in the Medicare program be disallowed. Medicare payments to the center were suspended with notice and the findings were referred for possible criminal prosecution.