Accession Number:

ADA608835

Title:

Delinquent Medical Service Accounts at Brooke Army Medical Center Need Additional Management Oversight

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL (DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE) ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2014-08-13

Pagination or Media Count:

51.0

Abstract:

Our objective was to determine whether the Military Services and selected military medical treatment facilities were effectively managing medical service accounts that were more than 180 days delinquent by transferring the debt to the appropriate debt collection agency or actively pursuing collection. This is the first in a series of reports concerning medical service accounts MSAs. This report provides the results of our review performed at U.S. Army Brooke Army Medical Center BAMC. We reviewed the 25 highest dollar delinquent MSAs valued at 11.0 million. BAMC Uniform Business Office UBO management did not effectively manage delinquent MSAs. As of May 29, 2013, BAMC UBO management had 15,106 outstanding MSAs, valued at 73.1 million. The accounts were more than 180 days delinquent but had not been transferred to the U.S. Treasury. BAMC UBO management did not transfer 24 of 25 accounts, valued at 10.4 million, to the U.S. Treasury for collection after the account was 180 days delinquent. Further, BAMC UBO management did not actively pursue collection for 20 of the delinquent MSAs, valued at 8.8 million. This occurred because, among other reasons, BAMC UBO management did not have a process in place to monitor and notify staff of MSAs needing follow-up.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE