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Department of Health and Human Services

Office of Inspector General -- AUDIT

"Operation Restore Trust Review of Community Outreach for the Education of Seniors Community Mental Health Center, Provider No. 10-4787, Miami, Florida," (A-04-97-02139)

January 30, 1998

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The Community Outreach for the Recreation and Education of Seniors, a Community Mental Health Center located in Miami, Florida, received reimbursement for partial hospitalization services provided to Medicare beneficiaries. Our audit showed that the center did not meet certification requirements established under Sections 1916(c)(4) of the Public Health Service Act and 1861 of the Social Security Act. Further, we found that none of the 20 beneficiaries included in our sample review were eligible to receive partial hospitalization services and that $185,237 of the $352,061 claimed for services to the sample beneficiaries did not meet Medicare coverage and reimbursement criteria.

Based on the audit, we recommended that the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) instruct the fiscal intermediary to recover the identified overpayments. Payments to the center were suspended without notice and HCFA's Miami Field Office recommended termination of the center's provided agreement under the Medicare program.