Update on CMS Audit of California’s SMAA Program

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have begun their audit of California’s SMAA Program. As of mid-March, auditors had completed interviews with program participants in two of three previously selected school districts. The results have prompted CMS to plan a review of additional districts, which have not yet been identified.

As part of an audit of California’s SMAA program, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has interviewed approximately 60 program participants in two school districts. Results have indicated that participants may need a clearer understanding that each quarter’s SMAA time survey should represent the employee’s work throughout that quarter of the school year. Although the survey occurs over one week, that week should reflect the workload throughout the quarter.

Additional interviews at a third district are taking place in late March of 2012, and CMS has already indicated that it intends to expand the audit to include up to 16 districts. All LECs and LGAs have received a request for vendor information from every participating district for the years 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11. According to LEC and LGA reports, this list will contribute to the selection of the additional districts.