Department of Health and Human Services

Office of Inspector General -- AUDIT

"Ineligible Medicare Payments To Skilled Nursing Facilities Under the Administrative Responsibility of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Arizona, Inc.," (A-05-03-00072)

September 30, 2003


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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:

OIG determined the extent of ineligible Medicare Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) payments made under the administrative responsibility of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Arizona, Inc.  Our review of the database estimated that $1.7 million of ineligible SNF payments were made under the administrative responsibility of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Arizona, Inc. during calendar years 1997 through 2001.  The overpayments occurred because of the absence of an automated cross-check, within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Common Working File and the Fiscal Intermediary’s claims processing systems, verifying that a three consecutive day inpatient hospital stay occurred prior to SNF admission.