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Results of Limited Scope Review of Northwest Health Services, Inc.

We reviewed the financial condition of Northwest Health Services, Inc. (NHS), as part of a nationwide series of reviews of community health centers that have received funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act).

Based on our assessment, we believe NHS is financially viable, has the capacity to manage and account for Federal funds, and is capable of operating its health center in accordance with Federal regulations. However, we identified several weaknesses in NHS's financial management: lack of written cash management policies and procedures, lack of procurement procedures for solicitation of services, incomplete procurement policies and procedures for competitive bidding, and incomplete inventory record.

In written comments on our draft report, NHS did not directly agree or disagree with our findings. NHS's comments provided more detailed information on the corrective actions that NHS had implemented or is planning to implement. The corrective actions described in NHS's comments were consistent with and relevant to our findings.

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