Audit

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 A former Louisiana State University employee blamed for ruining the commercialization of a medical software program says the real blame lies with school President F. King Alexander.

The Advocate reports Dr. Frank Opelka gave his version of events Monday, prompting Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera to reopen an investigation into how LSU created affiliated nonprofits and private companies.

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An audit of a Louisiana town's finances found that it has drastically outspent its revenues for the past four years, with an average excess spending of $187,000.

An independent audit found the town of Newellton spent more than $205,000 beyond what it had in its general fund during the most recent fiscal year.

The audit by Huffman & Soignier says the deficit has been offset each year by transfers from the town's utility fund. However, the utility fund's spending also exceeded revenues last year, bringing the total net deficit to more than $200,000.

The Louisiana legislative auditor says a state college gave more than $400,000 in salary and benefits to a worker who reportedly admitted to not doing his job for several years.

News outlets report Auditor Daryl Purpera announced Monday that the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine also failed to address the employee's lack of work. The audit says the worker told school authorities that he didn't deserve to be paid for about two years.

Louisiana Auditor: $5M Spent On Sexual Harassment Lawsuits

Apr 18, 2018
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Louisiana's legislative auditor says the state has spent more than $5 million on lawsuits involving sexual harassment claims since 2009.

Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office conducted a review of sexual harassment policies in executive branch agencies and procedures for handling accusations.

The audit says the state's self-insurance agency paid the money for "closed claims" involving 84 sexual harassment lawsuits. That includes payments to people who filed claims as well as lawyers' costs.

Audit: $718K Spent In Louisiana On Dead Medicaid Patients

Dec 4, 2017
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A new audit says the Louisiana Department of Health improperly paid $718,000 over four years for Medicaid patients who were no longer receiving services because they had died.

Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office released a report Monday that says the department spent the money between July 2013 and August 2017 for 712 deceased Medicaid patients. 

Most of the improper spending involved payments made to managed-care companies that oversee services for most of Louisiana's Medicaid patients.

Audit: Nursing Home Payments Up, But Not Patient Numbers

Nov 20, 2017
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A new audit says Louisiana's payments to private nursing homes for taking care of Medicaid patients have risen substantially over the last decade. But while the facilities are pocketing ever-higher dollars from the state, their occupancy rates stayed largely flat.

Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office said Louisiana uses payment structures that are out of step with other states, driving up costs on the nursing homes and long-term rehabilitation facilities. 

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A state audit is criticizing how Louisiana's education department monitors charter schools.

 The report from Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office found the education department weighed critical and non-critical violations equally in determining school performance ratings. The department, auditors say, should be judging charter schools based on the severity of a violation.

 The education department says it is working to update the scoring system to more adequately account for differences in offense types. 

A new audit raises questions about money management in the Louisiana Department of Health, just as lawmakers are considering ways to cut back spending to close a state deficit.

 

The Louisiana Legislative Auditor's report found the department didn't have a process to recover $29 million in Medicaid claims and filed more than $250 million in erroneous reports with the federal government.

 

Also, auditors say the agency didn't properly track the spending of $73 million in federal funds on a nutrition program for pregnant women and infants.