Rodney Miller, president of the National Association of Health Services Executives, resigned as administrator of a Florida hospital after an audit report was issued finding an alarming level of mismanagement and excessive compensation during his tenure as chief executive officer of the public 123-bed Roy Lester Schneider Hospital in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. At deadline, Miller could not be reached for comment. The report from the inspectors general of the Virgin Islands and the U.S. Interior Department said criminal investigations are ongoing. Virgin Islands Inspector General Steven van Beverhoudt declined to name the targets but said it was safe to assume they include Miller; current CEO Amos Carty, who was chief operating officer and general counsel during the period at issue; and Chief Financial Officer Peter Najawicz. Miller, 36, left Schneider in October 2007 and that December joined 690-bed Memorial Regional Hospital, Hollywood, Fla., as administrator. A spokeswoman there said he resigned after the release of the report and an article by the Virgin Islands Daily News, which said Miller concealed hed been court-martialed and dishonorably discharged from the Navy. In 2002, Modern Healthcare recognized Miller on its annual list of Up & Comers and also as one of the Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare in 2006 and 2008.
Senate leaders introduced legislation that would create a central hub for clinical research in an effort to determine which medical procedures workand which dont. The bill, introduced by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), would establish the Health Care Comparative Effectiveness Research Institute, a public-private partnership of medical experts who will conduct research on surgical procedures, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and a host of other measures.
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