Eliot Spitzer can't seem to help himself. The two-term New York attorney general now running for governor makes headlines wherever he goes. And increasingly they've come at the expense of hospitals and other healthcare organizations.
The former prosecutor and Harvard Law School graduate is best known for tackling corporate misbehavior. Spitzer, 47, has won billions of dollars in settlements for shareholders and state agencies harmed by corporate excesses and accounting irregularities. Sometimes called the nation's most aggressive attorney general, Spitzer oversees healthcare through several department divisions, including charitable trusts (by law, all New York hospitals are tax-exempt); antitrust; the healthcare division, which includes licensing and certificate-of-need regulations; and the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
Healthcare became a priority for him shortly from Getting Results: Reliably Communicating and Acting on Critical Test Results, a book Schiff edited and Joint Commission Resources published in May. The book starts with his 15-yearold story of reviewing 500 paper charts on a Sunday night and finding that one-fifth contained an "action-requiring" abnormal test result but no documentation of any follow-up.