Action was taken to secure patient billing records and company financial records as allegations of possible fraud, double-billing and attempted blackmail surfaced in litigation initiated by local doctor
Rich is among those who remain unemployed.
Orr was accused in
Two of the alleged criminal acts occurred in
Orr entered into a deferred prosecution agreement in 2012 and the three-count charge against him was ultimately dismissed by
Orr's predecessor company in
"Obviously it's unfortunate, but it doesn't threaten the financial viability of the hospital," Morse said.
Rich, Axis' former chief operating officer, acknowledged that the hospital authority was overcharged, but said his projections based on an examination of two or three years worth of records would estimate the overcharges to be in the range of
Rich said the duplicate billings were "unintentional."
The hospital uses an electronic medical records system and the over billings occurred after Axis converted from a monthly to a weekly invoicing system. Certain types of payments were not accounted for properly after the change, he said.
The problem went undiscovered for years while the over payments continued to accumulate. Rich said Axis relied on that income, added employees and began providing additional services to the
Whether patients and their insurance companies should be concerned about the accuracy of their billings is unclear.
"I'm not aware that any patients have received any billings that were not proper," Morse said. "The only thing I'm aware of is that the hospital got over billed."
"I'm not accusing anyone of going back and fixing charges, but it is concerning,"
"Again, I don't know what all this means, but I want to put everyone on notice, there is something strange and somewhat suspicious without my consent occurring with my billing account inside Axis," he wrote.
Morse said the hospital plans to do an audit that should uncover any billing problems that may have occurred.
Since then, the conflict between
Other Axis officers joined forces to oust
And Rich has written a series of angry emails to
Violation of policy
Rich has repeatedly demanded the shares or the return of his money. He has threatened to pursue criminal charges against the doctor and "engage in a strategic communication campaign" against
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