Is Navigant the next Fleishman-Hillard?
The county Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to have the county auditor-controller and the Department of Health Services review billing by Navigant Consulting Inc. on work performed at King/Drew. The auditors were to submit a status report in two weeks.
Last week, a review of Navigant's billing found that it inflated its expenses by double-billing airfares and charging for air travel unrelated to the hospital.
The county is paying the company $15 million for a one-year contract to fix problems at King/Drew, which has been accused of lapses in care that contributed to patient deaths.
So far it is only "improper billing" being blamed on the accounting department, but one must wonder what the county auditors will find. Something tells me there is a LOT more to this than we are hearing at this point. Where there is smoke, there usually is fire.
Included in Tuesday's Sup's Board Actions are these King/Drew tidbits:
Report scheduled on the County’s affiliation with Drew University (King/Drew Medical Center), and contingency plan if university loses its accreditation. (Item 31) CONTINUED 2 WEEKS BY HEALTH SERVICES
Report requested on dual track contingency plan with firm timelines to reform King/Drew Medical Center in the event accreditation/state licensing is not reinstated. (Item 32) CONTINUED 2 WEEKS BY HEALTH SERVICES
Looks like some people have about two weeks to circle the wagons...