Massachusetts Board of Registration of Chiropractors Announces Enforcement Actions
BOSTON – November 29, 2011 – The Board of Registration of Chiropractors announced today disciplinary action against the following licensees:
Michael Kaplan, North Andover: Kaplan surrendered his license to practice chiropractic with the Board. In an agreement, Kaplan admitted that he recently was convicted in the Essex Superior Court of three counts of motor vehicle insurance fraud, two counts of larceny over $250, and two counts of attempted larceny over $250. Kaplan admitted in the Surrender Agreement that he executed with the Board that his conduct violated Board statutes and regulations, including MGL Section 61 of Chapter 112 for dishonesty, fraud or deceit; and Section 4.06(20) of Title 233 of the Massachusetts Code of Regulations for guilt of one or more criminal offenses. Kaplan also admitted that his conduct constituted unprofessional conduct and conduct that undermines the public confidence in the integrity of the chiropractic profession. The criminal case against Kaplan involved conduct on diverse dates between Sept. 15, 2002 and April 4, 2008, during which time he engaged in the practice of chiropractic in Massachusetts. The Board filed its own complaint against Kaplan after learning about the criminal prosecution.
Doctors Plus, Fall River: The Board imposed a $300 fine and a one-year probation on Doctors Plus’ license to operate a chiropractic facility in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, pursuant to a consent agreement. In addition, Doctors Plus is required to undergo two compliance audits, one of which has already been completed, and to correct any and all deficiencies identified during those audits in a timely manner. Doctors Plus faced allegations that it permitted the following at its facility: Failure to predicate decisions to use supportive procedures and therapies upon a properly documented clinical rationale, failure to maintain adequate and accurate treatment records, overutilization of services, negligence in the practice of chiropractic, improper billing, and false statements/misrepresentations in the practice of chiropractic. The complaint was filed by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services.
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