So Navigant Consulting has been gilding the lily on its expenses in the apparently somewhat shoddy consulting job it’s doing at King-Drew. Their basic excuse is that their private sector clients (almost all non-profit hospitals by the way) are quite used to not caring about the fact that they do things like leave rental cars in airport short-term parking for a week, take one day trips to work on other clients business, and fly their employees from San Diego to Los Angeles (a two hour drive) on a routine basis, and then send their clients the bill.
So Navigant is apparently dumb enough to think:
a) that their other clients won’t notice them basically calling them dumbb) that the King/Drew contract was sufficiently low profile that no one would care about what they did, despite the fact that the LA Times just won a Pulitzer Prize for investigating other malfeasance at the hospital, andc) that contracts they sign about expense reimbursement policies don’t apply to them.
BTW almost all of my clients either give me a total "capitated" fee for my expenses, or I make damn sure that they have an idea of what expenses are coming down the pike. And I don’t work for anyone who would have to respond to a Freedom of Information Act request!