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Group will discuss board spending at MUSC on Monday

January 27, 2017 GMT

A group of school and community leaders will meet Monday at the Medical University of South Carolina to discuss and possibly recommend changes to the governing board’s travel and reimbursement policy.

The Post and Courier published an investigation last year about the MUSC Board of Trustees. The newspaper found members of the group spent more than $500,000 in five years, largely on luxury hotel rooms and meals at Charleston’s top restaurants, when they traveled here for meetings every other month. Board members typically sent their bills to MUSC doctors’ group for reimbursement.

Prompted by the newspaper’s investigation, South Carolina Inspector General Patrick Maley published a review of the board’s expenses earlier this month. He found “no evidence of intentional abuse or wrongdoing” but called some of the expenditures “lavish,” and recommended the General Assembly clarify the rules that allow such governing boards to spend so much money on travel and entertainment.

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The MUSC Review Council, which has been convened by MUSC Board of Trustees Chairman Dr. Donald Johnson, will meet at 4 p.m. Monday to discuss Maley’s report. It may recommend changes to the board’s travel and reimbursement policy.

An agenda published Friday for the meeting indicates the group may conduct at least part of the meeting in a closed executive session.

“The executive session would only be to receive legal advice as to the regulatory framework and any legal advice related to recommendation of the inspector general,” MUSC attorney Annette Drachman explained. “There is no intent to discuss anything other than legal issues in that executive session.”

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