February 10, 2012

Medicaid Inspector General Cox Gives Budget Testimony, Hints at Changes to OMIG Audit Process

On Wednesday, February 8, 2012, Medicaid Inspector General James Cox testified in a Joint Legislative session regarding the upcoming budget.  During the testimony, Mr. Cox addressed news reports that proposed cuts to the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) would reduce his staff by 52, to 506 total.  According to Crain’s New York Business, Mr. Cox testified that these cuts would be realized solely through attrition while new efficiencies would make up for the headcount losses.

Crain’s also reported that Mr. Cox hinted at potential changes to how OMIG approaches its audits of providers, such as fostering greater collaboration between auditors, lawyers, and investigators at the outset of a probe, rather than later in the process, and improving communication channels with providers.  In his brief prepared remarks, Mr. Cox stressed the need for an “open and transparent” audit process.  “Simply stated, providers have the right to understand the rules by which they will be audited and the results of the audit.”