Former UMMS board member had multiple undisclosed hospital deals; employees felt 'pressured' to push software

Amid growing scrutiny in early April around lucrative contracts between the University of Maryland Medical System and nine of its volunteer board members, officials privately cut back two undisclosed deals with a tenth, according to a new report. Both involved Dr. Scott Rifkin, who resigned from the board in early May even though he said a deal to supply software to the hospital system paid his company nothing. The system’s efforts to undo those deals, paired with new allegations that UMMS employees felt pressured to push Rifkin’s products on nursing homes, raise fresh questions about his relationship with UMMS — and how and whether he stood to benefit personally from it despite the volunteer nature of his board position. (Balt. Sun)

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