Former Charleston Area Medical Center administrator William H. Kincaid pleaded guilty Monday to obstruction of a federal audit.
In a hearing before U.S. District Judge Charles H. Haden II, Kincaid, 39, of Charleston admitted altering patient records and submitting them as authentic to an audit team representing the federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services.
In 2001 Kincaid was CAMC's reimbursement coordinator in charge of the hospital's Medicare and Medicaid cost report required by state and federal regulators. Federal auditors performing routine, end-of-year fiscal audits requested from CAMC a random sample of patient records as part of their review.
Kincaid used Wite-Out and a photocopy machine to change codes on perhaps 17 records. CAMC would have illegally kept approximately $220,000 in Medicare money had the alterations not been discovered.