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Recommendation: The Administrator of CMS should eliminate impediments to collaborative audits in managed care conducted by audit contractors and states, by ensuring that managed care audits are conducted regardless of which entity--the state or the managed care organization--recoups any identified overpayments. (Recommendation 2)
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Status: Open Priority recommendation
Comments: CMS agreed with and has taken some steps to address this action, as recommended by GAO in July 2018. In September 2019, CMS reported that in July 2019 CMS held a meeting with states and collaborative audit contractors to discuss coordination of managed care audits, including a wide range of challenges with managed care audits. As result of the feedback and recommendations received, CMS is evaluating several process improvements and reiterated that audit contractors will continue to work with states to provide support and assistance in Medicaid managed care, and that Medicaid managed care audits should not be limited by MCO contract language. Although CMS has communicated to states the need to increase audits in managed care and address identified issues, it is unclear if these actions will remove known impediments to managed care audits or result in an increase in the number of collaborative audits. Implementing GAO's July 2018 recommendation is needed because few audits of Medicaid managed care have been conducted and overpayments can be significant based on the findings from federal and state audits and investigations that have been completed. .