Department of Health and Human Services

Office of Inspector General -- AUDIT

"Audit of St. Vincent Medical Center's Organ Acquisition Costs Claimed For The Period July 1, 1998 Through June 30, 1999," (A-09-03-00046)

July 30, 2004

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The objective of this audit was to determine whether organ acquisition costs claimed by St. Vincent on its fiscal year 1999 Medicare Part A cost report for its kidney and heart transplant programs were allowable.  St. Vincent did not comply with Medicare law, regulations, and guidelines for claiming organ acquisition costs and received excess Medicare reimbursement for organ acquisition activities.  St. Vincent claimed $813,902 in unallowable costs and $907,126 in unsupported costs.  The estimated Medicare overpayments for the unallowable and unsupported costs were $570,596 and $683,315, respectively.  The unallowable costs were associated with activities that did not comply with Medicare’s definition of organ acquisition or were incurred for departments unrelated to organ transplantation.  The unsupported costs did not comply with Medicare’s documentation requirements for reimbursement.  We recognize that some portion of the unsupported costs may have related to organ acquisition activities and would have been allowable if properly documented.  We recommended that the Medicare intermediary recover the Medicare overpayments, determine the allowability of the unsupported costs, review organ acquisition costs claimed for other fiscal years, monitor future claims, and have St. Vincent develop accounting controls and training programs.