Audit Critical of Doctors at Nevada Prisons

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A state audit is raising questions about payment to doctors hired by Nevada's prison system.

The Las Vegas Sun ( ) reports the audit found that full-time physicians hired to work four, 10-hour shifts per week put in an average of only 5.3 hours per day.

Auditors say in all the doctors may have been paid $1.9 million for hours they didn't work for the 2012 fiscal year.

The 23 physicians at the seven state prisons are paid an hourly rate ranging from $64 to $82.

Department of Corrections Director Greg Cox says his agency has started to track hours actually worked by the physicians.

But he adds that requiring doctors to account for all their hours or privatizing those services could lead to costly litigation and even greater expenses.