The Times published an article about the ongoing troubles between our county hospital and the children’s hospital yesterday.
It looks like there may be a new party at the table now. According to the article our county hospital and the children’s hospital colluded to get federal money that they should not have received.
The article quoted a former lawyer for the children’s hospital:
She said that as a governmental entity, UMC could put up money for federal health grants known as intergovernmental transfers. For each dollar UMC put up, the feds put up $1.40, Vogel said. The idea was to use Children’s Hospital’s rent payment for the local match, but federal rules prohibit such an explicit quid pro quo, so the deal wasn’t put in writing, Vogel said.
Liars, cheaters, thieves?
According to the article the children’s hospital recently made claims in front of a federal bankruptcy judge that any rent money that have paid in the past was actually used to scam a federal matching fund program.
We will have to wait to see if the feds take legal action. We should probably expect them to demand a return of the money.
Will we see this prosecuted as a criminal case?
Can we believe anything that either side says at this point?
We deserve better