Audit of hospital finds $67K in questioned costs

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An audit finds the Interim LSU Public Hospital in New Orleans did not confirm patients were eligible for a federally-funded HIV program for low-income individuals and families.

While the hospital has since outsourced eligibility screenings to the Department of Health and Hospitals, no plan is yet in place to recover the nearly $67,000 in "questioned costs."

In a report released Monday, the Legislative Auditor's Office said a random audit of 43 HIV grant recipients' files showed not one contained adequate documentation proving they were eligible for the program. The audit added three individuals were given prescriptions from the hospital pharmacy even after their applications were denied.

In a response, Chief Executive Officer Michael A. Kaiser said the hospital had taken several steps to correct the issues mentioned in the audit.

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