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Downard calls for Health Department audit

Wednesday July 7, 2004

Media Release
For Immediate Release

For Information Contact:
Jennifer F. Brislin

Patrick H. Neely

Louisville Metro Council President Kelly Downard has asked the internal auditor to perform a follow-up audit on the Metro Health Department.

“Every dollar that isn’t handled properly is one less dollar that we can spend on important public health services,” Downard said. “Tens of millions of taxpayers’ dollars are going to the Health Department, which lacks proper internal control. The Council and Metro Government have a responsibility to determine what steps have been taken to improve accountability. We will support the steps taken by Dr. (Adewale) Troutman as he moves to correct the inadequacies noted in the audit.”

The Health Department was last audited in December 2003. In that report, auditors found serious problems. The conclusions reached in the audit include: the internal control structure of the Health Department billing and collection is inadequate and ineffective; the computer system does not provide sufficient accountability for billing and collection activity; and some billing activity is not processed at all. Due to lack of information, the amount of unbilled activity -- as well as the likelihood of collection -- cannot be determined.

“Those audit results were as bad as I’ve ever seen,” said Downard, who is a certified public accountant. “The report stated that internal control was so bad that the Health Department wasn’t sure who owed them money, how much they owed, whether that money had been collected and whether payments were deposited. I support Dr. Troutman’s efforts to correct these deficiencies.”

Downard asked that the audit be performed this December.


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