BATON ROUGE — The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals failed to follow legally required processes at a cost of tens of millions of dollars to taxpayers, a state audit found.
The Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s sweeping examination of the state health agency was released Wednesday.

The Advocate reports that DHH officials in letters to the state auditor largely agreed with the report’s findings.

Auditor Daryl G. Purpera faulted DHH for numerous shortcomings in management.

The report found, among other things, that it had failed to recover about $29 million from third parties.

Auditors also found DHH failed to install the checks needed to ensure timely

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