- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - An independent auditor told the Jackson County Board of Supervisors that Singing River Health System’s prior management team counted as income $88 million in patient debt the hospital was unable to collect.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1DbkuHf ) the system’s previous accounting firm did not report the error in its audits.

Auditor Kade Moody told supervisors Monday that they found the shortfall when it tested the management’s financial statements the first time they audited the books in 2014.

Current hospital management says they are reducing those losses through a cost-saving program. Moody told supervisors that they have not verified the $4.8 million in savings the hospital claimed in the first quarter of 2015.

State or federal lawsuits are pending over the hospital’s pension, which it stopped funding in 2010.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com


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