Department of Health and Human Services

Office of Inspector General -- AUDIT

"Review of Medicaid Long-Term Care Payments for Individuals with Both Medicare and Medicaid Coverage," (A-06-03-00040)

March 31, 2004


Complete Text of Report is available in PDF format (242 kb). Copies can also be obtained by contacting the Office of Public Affairs at 202-619-1343.


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:

Based on a statistical sample, we estimated that the Texas Department of Human Services (Department) made incorrect Medicaid payments of at least $12,879 during the period January 1, 2001 through June 30, 2001 on behalf of dual eligible individuals which included payments for regular nursing and Medicare co-insurance.  Medicaid overpayments occurred because nursing facilities failed to send the appropriate Medicare skilled nursing facility (SNF) admission and discharge information to the Department.  We are recommending that the Department refund $7,801, which is the Federal share of our estimate of at least $12,879 in overpayment; strengthen controls concerning the accuracy of the SNF admission and discharge information; and work with the  Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to prevent incorrect payments.