Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center can't account for the workday whereabouts of nearly 12% of physicians hired under a $70 million contract, according to findings from a county audit reported in the Los Angeles Times. The review, conducted over two- and three-month spans during three years, concluded that the 745-bed hospital "does not systematically monitor whether physicians are complying with the work schedules." The report found that auditors were unable to locate 7% to 15% of physicians at any given time and that the hospital's weekly work schedules did not indicate specific days and times that individual doctors were expected to be present. The audit was required under a county contract with USC, which requires the University of California to provide 435 physicians to treat patients and train medical residents. -- by Laura B. Benko
L.A. hospital can't keep track of its docs: audit
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