Department of Health and Human Services

Office of Inspector General -- AUDIT

"Review of Pension Costs Claimed for Medicare Reimbursement by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Connecticut ," (A-07-98-02502)

March 24, 1998


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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:

This report provides the results of our review of Pension Costs Claimed for Medicare Reimbursement by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Connecticut (Connecticut) for Fiscal Years 1992 through 1996. We determined that Connecticut claimed pension costs of $2,725 for 1992 through 1996, that are unallowable for Medicare reimbursement. During this period, the allowable Medicare pension costs were $61,560. However, Connecticut claimed pension cots of $64,285 for Medicare reimbursement. As a result, Connecticut claimed $2,725 in pension costs that are not allowable. The over claim occurred due to differences in the separately computed Cost Accounting Standards pension costs. We recommended that Connecticut revise its Final Administrative Cost Proposals to eliminate the unallowable pension costs.