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Mar 22, 2014 1:38 PM by AP

La. panel to review financial hospital recovery

TALLULAH, La. (AP) - A state fiscal review committee will meet with Madison Parish Hospital officials next week to determine how the hospital is progressing after years of financial problems.

Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera tells The News-Star the meeting on Wednesday will provide state officials the opportunity to determine whether the hospital is meeting requirements in its corrective action plan after years of fraud and misuse of public funds.

The review committee includes Louisiana's legislative auditor, treasurer and attorney general.

If the committee determines the hospital is not meeting goals of the action plan, a fiscal administrator could be appointed to oversee its finances.

An audit released in December 2013 said the Madison Parish Hospital Service District had a $2.2 million deficit and had 36 financial operating deficiencies in its 2012 fiscal year.

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