Audit finds overcharging at Lafayette hospital

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — State auditors have determined that the former University Medical Center in Lafayette overcharged patients by nearly $395,000 and misappropriated medications last year.

In its response, The Advertiser reports (http://bit.ly/1eQWGRT ) hospital officials have vowed to set up better controls and monitoring systems, and to refund any funds that were not due to the hospital.

The hospital was under the direction of the LSU Health Care Services division during the audit period.

In a management response, LSU Health Care Services officials said the errors were mostly caused by a misunderstanding among UMC pharmacists, causing some chemotherapy medications to be billed twice. Officials have since met with the pharmacists to explain correct procedures, and said they will set up better monitoring systems and repay any money that is not due to the hospital.

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Information from: The Advertiser, http://www.theadvertiser.com

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