Audit of tobacco money will focus on two midstate hospitals, among others

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 12, 2014 11:21 AM

(Pittsburgh) -- Pennsylvania's auditor general says his agency will audit the state Department of Health's management of the state's share of tobacco settlement money.

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says the audit will focus on five research hospitals that have shared in grants totaling nearly $800 million that the department has awarded over the past 12 years.

They are Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Geisinger Clinic in Danville, Magee-Womens Research Institute in Pittsburgh and the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey.

DePasquale says he wants to ensure Pennsylvania's share of the national tobacco settlement is being spent wisely.

Meanwhile, the state attorney general's office is challenging an arbitration panel's ruling that could cut the state's $340 million annual payment in half.

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