Suspended CMS doctor collects pay

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

BALTIMORE -- Sean Tunis, CMS's chief medical officer, continues to be paid by the federal government more than two months after the Maryland Board of Physicians suspended his medical license for falsification of documents, the Washingon Post reported last month.
CMS placed Dr. Tunis on leave in early April after he was accused of falsifying documents that showed he had fulfilled medical education requirements.
In June, Tunis agreed to a one-year suspension of his medical license and a $20,000 fine for the falsification of documents related to the completion of continuing medical education courses.
Under a consent order dated May 25, Tunis also must complete an ethics course.
Tunis receives an annual salary of $107,000 to $162,000, as well as a physician comparability allowance, estimated at $30,000 annually.