Auditor Nicole Galloway is heralding the news that the CEO of a small north-Missouri hospital will be held accountable for over $90 million in alleged suspicious insurance payments uncovered by her office.
The CEO was charged Friday and pleaded guilty Monday.
The 15-bed county hospital in Unionville in Putnam County was audited in 2017. Galloway’s office reported that substantial holes had opened up in the hosptal’s finances after the board signed an operating agreement with a private health care company. The audit was part of a series plumbing the finances of rural health care facilities.
The audit referred its findings, which suggested that the hospital’s new CEO might be participating in billing fraud and self-dealing, to Missouri’s public corruption unit.
According to a release put out by Galloway’s office, the finding is the largest fraud ever discovered by the state auditors office.
“This all began with our audit of a small county-owned hospital. Our work helped expose a nationwide conspiracy that led to these federal criminal charges,” Galloway said. “Health care fraud impacts costs for all Missourians and underscores the importance of holding those responsible accountable. Over the past two years, my office has worked with law enforcement throughout the nation to ensure that those responsible for these crimes are punished.”
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