BCBS of North Carolina CEO charged with DWI, child abuse after car crash

Health insurance CEO and former CMS administrator Patrick Conway, MD, was charged with driving while impaired and misdemeanor child abuse after a car accident in June, according to The Charlotte Observer

According to court records, Dr. Conway was arrested after crashing his car into a commercial vehicle. His two daughters were in his car. No one suffered injuries. An officer at the scene said he suspected Dr. Conway was under the influence of alcohol and witnessed slurred speech and unsteadiness from him, according to an affidavit. Dr. Conway refused to take a breathalyzer test, and his license was revoked for 30 days, according to the report.

His arrest warrant said his daughters were at "substantial risk of physical injury ... by [Dr. Conway] operating a motor vehicle while impaired." He also faces charges of reckless driving.

Dr. Conway is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 8. 

BCBS of North Carolina said Dr. Conway immediately notified its board about the situation.

"Our board takes this matter very seriously. Upon learning of the incident in June, it immediately established a committee within the board to review the situation, and engaged outside counsel and experts to aid the process. After careful consideration, the board of trustees decided that Patrick's strong leadership will continue to be an asset and he will remain as president and CEO," BCBS of North Carolina told The Charlotte Observer.

Prior to leading the health insurer, Dr. Conway was the deputy administrator for innovation and quality at CMS and director of its Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.

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