Hospital officials counted on funds it couldn’t collect

An independent auditor told the Jackson County Board of Supervisors that Singing River Health System’s prior management team counted as income $88 million in patient debt the hospital was unable to collect.

The Sun Herald reports ( ) the system’s previous accounting firm did not report the error in its audits.

Auditor Kade Moody told supervisors Monday that they found the shortfall when it tested the management’s financial statements the first time they audited the books in 2014.