Medicare Administrator Found to Have Retaliated Against Contractor

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The General Accounting Office concluded that administrator Tom Scully canceled up to $1.6 million in new work for the the UW Center for Health Systems Research and Analysis.

In an e-mail to the center's director David Zimmerman, Scully wrote "there is no entitlement to government contracts, especially when you try to sandbag the agency you contract with.''

Zimmerman apparently angered the top Medicare official by suggesting changes in the standards used to allow the public to compare nursing homes.

Zimmerman says he had not been disloyal to the project, but felt there were some issues with respect to specific measures that may make it more complicated to consumers.