Verdict for ex-BCBS of North Carolina CEO: Guilty of DWI, child abuse charges

Patrick Conway, MD, the former CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, was found guilty of driving while impaired and misdemeanor child abuse after a car crash in June, according to The News & Observer.

District Judge Sarah Lanier delivered the verdict Oct. 8. Dr. Conway pleaded not guilty to the charges and plans to appeal the decision. Sentencing will be postponed until after the appeal. Dr. Conway will be unable to drive until his license is restored.

Dr. Conway resigned from BCBSNC Sept. 26 after details emerged about charges he faced related to the allegedly alcohol-related car crash involving him and his two daughters. No one sustained injuries. BCBSNC trustees came under criticism for keeping the incident quiet until local media learned about it nearly three months after the arrest. The arrest also led to the cancellation of a proposed merger between BCBSNC and Cambia Health Solutions, which operates Regence-branded BCBS plans in Oregon, Utah, Idaho and Washington.

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