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ECMC working to recover $50,168 in incentive payments made in error

Erie County Medical Center Corp. has made progress in properly administering and monitoring its incentive and bonus programs, according to the state Comptroller's Office.

The audit, released earlier this month, found that the public benefit corporation has fully implemented three of the comptroller's four recommendations made last January and partially implemented the other one.

The earlier audit found the hospital paid $76,254 in incentives to physicians that were not justified, distributed in error or were miscalculated during the 2013-2015 fiscal years. It has begun procedures to recover $50,168 through payroll deductions. As of April, it had recovered $13,920.

The audit found ECMCC assessed and tried to find documentation for $86,261 in other unsupported payments to four physicians. With no way to determine compliance, ECMCC will not pursue $84,594 of that amount, according to the Comptroller's Office.

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