Advocates submit formal ethics complaint against NY Gov. Cuomo's Medicaid team

Associated Press
Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A national advocacy group filed an ethics complaint Tuesday that accuses Cuomo appointees to an advisory team of violating New York state ethics rules in recommending caps on medical malpractice awards the group says would benefit their private employers.

The complaint was filed against Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Medicaid Redesign Team, which includes several hospital executives. It claims a recommendation to cap malpractice payments at $250,000 for non-economic damages to patients "would create a financial windfall for negligent hospitals and incompetent health care providers."

The Center for Justice & Democracy, based in New York City, filed the complaint with the state Public Integrity Commission. The advocacy group said the recommendation also would significantly limit the liability of hospitals throughout the state.

The center argued that advisory team members are subject to state ethics rules and conflict-of-interest laws, and specifically took issue with hospital consultant and Cuomo friend Jeffrey Sachs holding a seat on the redesign team.

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