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Chief Medical Officer Of Indiana Prisons Held Overlapping Position

The overlapping position with a for-profit Illinois company provides health care to correctional facilities in more than a dozen states.

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Mitcheff is assisting the department in a search for a full-time medical director.

The chief medical officer for Indiana’s prison system held an overlapping position with a for-profit Illinois company that provides health care to correctional facilities in more than a dozen states.

The South Bend Tribune reports Dr. Michael Mitcheff worked for Peoria, Illinois-based Advanced Correctional Healthcare while also overseeing Indiana’s prison health care contract with a competing company in his $234,000 state job.

Indiana Department of Correction Spokesman Doug Garrison acknowledges Mitcheff’s overlapping jobs, but says dual employment is not prohibited and Mitcheff kept the department informed of his work with the vendor.

Garrison says Mitcheff’s contract with Indiana changed from full time to intermittent as of Jan. 16 and he’s now being paid by the hour. Mitcheff is assisting the department in a search for a full-time medical director.

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  • lastcamp2

    Revealing and explaining a conflict of interest doesn’t make it ethical. Conflicts of interest are unethical in their very existence, even if their potential for impropriety never comes to pass.
    So, revealing that the good doctor is double-dipping doesn’t make it right. Unfortunately, unethical behavior is so common, so prevalent, that we seem to have become immune to it, and it has become a part of our culture. I call it “enculturated ethical compromise.”

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