The Archdiocese of Bostons healthcare arm has replaced the acting chief executive of its physicians group following an audit that revealed the group overstated revenue by almost $10 million.
A spokesman for Caritas Christi Health Care would not say Tuesday whether there was a link between Asher Kramer's replacement and the discovery of the overstated revenue, saying it was a private matter. He also would not say whether Kramer was still employed by Caritas Christi.
Kramer could not be reached for comment.
Caritas Christi said the physicians groups revenue was overstated by up to $4 million for fiscal 2006, which ended Sept. 30. Revenue also was overstated by up to $5.5 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2007, according to a statement.
The six-hospital system said the discrepancy was believed to be an accounting problem.
The archdiocese reached an agreement in February to turn over control of the hospitals to St. Louis-based Ascension Health, the nations largest Roman Catholic hospital system. Ascension accountants have been reviewing Caritas Christi's books during a period of due diligence expected to culminate in a final deal this summer.
Before being promoted to the position of acting chief executive of the 2,000 member Caritas Physician Network, Kramer served as its chief financial officer. Charles Rollinger has been named acting chief executive, Caritas spokesman Steve Danehy said. -- by the Associated Press