CCMH STATE AUDIT REPORT RELEASED
(Atlantic) The state Auditor’s Office has released a reaudit report on the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic for the period July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009. Susan Battani, of the State Auditor’s Office says the reaudit was a request by a group of citizens expressing their concern over a number of areas, in particular the financial condition of the hospital.
“We did not search for nor did we find in our procedures any areas that we felt rose to the level of misappropriation or misconduct,” stated Battani.
Battani says the reaudit did reveal some concern regarding the financial condition of the Cass County Medical Clinics, and the cost to the hospital of providing this benefit to the community.
“We did look at the financial statements and the financial condition for the period June 30, 2008 as well as 2009,” said Battani. “Our findings were of a cautionary nature and we recommend they continue looking at all aspects of the hospital and the clinic.”
Hospital Officials explained that recruiting and retaining physicians in rural communities is one major key in maintaining a viable hospital and health care services. They point to studies that show on average independent rural physicians’ clinics lose between $50,000 and $80,000 per provider per year. CCMH Officials say they have recently taken steps to improve the financial condition of the clinics, including obtaining rural health clinic designation for Atlantic Medical and Medicaid; hiring two new family medicine physicians’ and a new OB/Gyn physician, and updating the clinic information system to increase efficiency of charting and billing.
Steve Lewis, Cass County Memorial Hospital Chief Financial Officer says the recommendations for improvement have already been adopted into their business practices. He adds it has always been their intent to comply with the Cod Iowa in every area.
The audit report is on file at the Cass County Memorial Hospital’s Business Office.