- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - In some versions of a story June 3 about business practices at state health agencies, The Associated Press reported erroneously the savings that would be generated by standardizing practices through WV OASIS. The state auditor estimates standardization would save $300 million over the first 10 years, not $300 million annually.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Auditor: Health department practices costing state millions

Auditor: Health departments could save state millions by standardizing business practices

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The state auditor has told state and local health officials that differing business practices across the state’s health departments are costing West Virginia millions of dollars each year.

The Charleston Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1KMATto) State Auditor Glen Gainer encouraged the West Virginia Public Health Impact Task Force on Tuesday to standardize financial practices across all 49 local health agencies.

Gainer says standardization through a project called WV OASIS would save the state $300 million over its first 10 years.

Gainer’s comments come in the wake of concerns about the financial stability of more than one-third of the state’s local health departments.

Deputy state auditor Stuart Stickel says 18 of the state’s 49 health departments were found to have recently experienced a net loss.

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This story has been corrected to show that the state auditor says WV OASIS is projected to save the state $300 million over its first 10 years, not annually.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette, https://www.wvgazette.com

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