Sean Tunis, M.D., Medicare's chief medical officer, has agreed to a one-year suspension from practicing medicine and a $20,000 fine for falsifying records that he met continuing medical education requirements, the Washington Post reported.
Tunis, who also is director of Medicare's Office of Clinical Standards and Quality, could not be reached for comment at deadline. The CMS declined to comment.
Tunis was placed on administrative leave in April after Maryland's Board of Physicians charged him with falsely stating he had completed 50 credit hours of continuing medical education, required of Maryland physicians to renew their licenses every two years. The board also said Tunis had altered other documents given to investigators.
He told the Post his actions were attributable to "careless record keeping." His future with the CMS is unclear.