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Capitol Health Call
July 8, 2009

Missing Property

JAMA. 2009;302(2):136. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.939

Since June 2008, when Indian Health Service (IHS) officials agreed to implement more stringent controls over property management, the agency has lost about $3.5 million in equipment, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released on June 2 (http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d09450.pdf).

According to the report, missing items included an ultrasound unit (valued at $170 000), an x-ray mammography machine (valued at $100 795), dental chairs, cardiac and vital sign monitors, and a pharmacy tablet-counting machine.

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