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Feds probe two Alabama community health centers amid management, patient care issues

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Two key Obamacare community health centers in Alabama are under investigation by the federal government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the inspector general for Health and Human Services are currently investigating Birmingham health care and Central Alabama Comprehensive Health in Tuskegee, according to AL.com, the website of the Birmingham News and other major Alabama newspapers.

The two community health centers receive about $11 billion collectively under Obamacare.

They are also among the 1,200 community health centers nationwide said to be part of the "backbone" of the Obamacare mission to treat the uninsured.

BHC had a contract to manage CACH's operations at the time of a May 10, 2011, site visit by federal authorities, acting on anonymous tips of fraud and money mismanagement.

After the site visit, Health Resources Services Administration, under HHS, launched the IG investigation, according to AL.com.

Though federal officials would not comment on the specifics of the investigation, documents obtained by AL.com and the Birmingham News through a Freedom of Information Act request show inspectors found "instances of gross mismanagement, alleged fraud, and dangerously poor quality of health care," according to the AL.com report.

In one instance, the acting chief financial officer is alleged to have bought her son a "fish finder for a bass boat" and a set of truck tires costing $1,400 — with federal funds.

Another instance shows a lack of documentation showing whether X-ray equipment had been tested for radiation leakage.

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Kelly Cohen

Staff Writer
The Washington Examiner