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PDFWAC 388-835-0320

What is the scope of a field audit?

(1) Auditors must review a provider's record keeping and accounting practices and, where appropriate, make written recommendations for improvements.
(2) Auditors must examine a provider's financial and statistical records to verify that:
(a) Supporting records are in agreement with reported data; and
(b) Only assets, liabilities, and revenue and expense items that DSHS has specified as allowable costs have been included by the provider when computing the cost of services provided under the contract;
(c) Allowable costs have been accurately determined and are necessary, ordinary, and related to resident care;
(d) Related organizations and beneficial ownership interests have been correctly disclosed; and
(e) Resident trust funds have been properly maintained.
(3) Auditors must give the provider a draft of their audit narrative and summaries for review and comment before the final narratives and summaries are prepared.
(4) When an audit discloses material discrepancies, undocumented costs, or mishandling of patient trust funds, DSHS auditors, in order to determine if similar problem exist and take corrective action, may:
(a) Reopen a maximum of two prior unaudited cost reporting or trust fund periods; and/or
(b) Select future periods for audit.
(c) DSHS auditors may select reported costs and trust fund accounts for audit on a random or other basis.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 71A.20.140. WSR 01-10-013, ยง 388-835-0320, filed 4/20/01, effective 5/21/01.]
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