LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Former Medstar employees confronted the county today, demanding it get to the bottom of the accreditation scandal that allegedly cost them their jobs. This comes just as the county clerk and FAA are launching independent audits of the medical air-lift program, which shut down last month.
Today, the clerk of courts was asked to do an audit of the Medstar program. He explained the plan of action, which is to basically comb through the billing statements, emails and accreditation paperwork. The goal is figuring out exactly who knew there was an accreditation problem and when.
Medstar reportedly billed 80 patients for service over the course of a year, when it wasn't properly certified and so those $3 million in bills are pretty much null and void. The county won't see a dime of that money.
Abruptly last month, public safety issued an email to commissioners and everyone else stating Medstar would shut down and the employees would be fired. Now, there are questions about whether the county manager knew this ahead of that announcement and whether firing the employees was appropriate without commissioners approval.
A Medstar employee at the meeting said he's concerned public safety didn't keep appropriate written records on this issue and he wants the county to press for answers.
The clerk hopes to have the audit complete in 60 days.
The FAA will be here next Tuesday, for its own audit.