Medicare's chief medical officer has been charged with falsifying records, failing to comply with subpoenas and exhibiting unprofessional conduct in the practice of medicine, the Washington D.C., newspaper The Hill reported. Sean Tunis, a major player in determining coverage policy for the new Medicare drug benefit, allegedly altered continuing medical education documents for his practice as an emergency medicine physician. A complaint by the Maryland Board of Physicians alleged that Tunis, a part-time staff member at Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore, altered two CME certificates while at the CMS using government office supplies and sent the certificates to Mercy. According to The Hill, Tunis admitted doctoring the CME documents but said he did not send them to the hospital. He said the documents were sent by a disgruntled CMS employee as part of a smear campaign. The Maryland Board of Physicians confirmed it had filed a complaint against Tunis and said a resolution conference was scheduled for Wednesday. An administrative law judge will hold a hearing on the complaint in July if it is not resolved. -- by Ralph Loos
CMS medical officer allegedly altered CME documents
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