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Medicaid inspector general finds errors at Schenectady ARC

By Bethany Bump
Friday, July 26, 2013

The Schenectady ARC allegedly owes the state more than $300,000 after an audit revealed a good portion of the agency’s records did not conform to state requirements.

The errors ranged from basic omissions to missing documentation the state requires to show a reimbursed service was actually rendered.

A copy of the audit is available below.

The Office of the Medicaid Inspector General said if it had reason to believe any fraud had occurred, it would have partnered with law enforcement to launch an investigation, but spokeswoman Wanda Fischer said it was more likely simply negligence.

“This is not fraud,” she said. “It’s just a routine audit, but it’s still a fairly big chunk of change. We do believe this is a situation where there were documentation problems. Normally, when someone gets an audit like this, they go in and look at internal controls and make corrections so it doesn’t happen again.”

A full story on the audit can be found HERE.

Schenectady ARC Executive Director Kirk Lewis said this morning that his agency plans to challenge the audit findings because the OMIG audit applied "a completely different standard" than the state Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities, which oversees such facilities.

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OMIG Audit of Schenectady ARC

 
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