For Immediate Release - November 07, 2005

18 Bay State Chiropractors Face Insurance Fraud Allegations by State's Division of Professional Licensure

Chiropractors in Dorchester, Lawrence, Lynn and Roxbury Subject of Inquiry

As part of its ongoing effort to attack auto insurance fraud in Massachusetts, the state's Board of Chiropractors ("Board") has launched investigations against eighteen chiropractors for fraudulent practice that includes improper billing and over-utilization of treatment.

"This sweep couldn't have happened without Governor Romney's enactment this year of tough legislation that gave us the necessary funding for enhanced oversight of chiropractors and stiff penalties for those who flout the law," said Anne L. Collins, Director of the Division of Professional Licensure. Efforts by the Division's Health Care Fraud unit have resulted in a 33% increase in enforcement actions over the last fiscal year.

The following chiropractors that currently practice or previously practiced at the referenced clinics must file formal responses to charges within twenty-one days.

Dorchester: Champion Spine Center

Tracy Arsena of South Boston, MA
Kenneth Berthiaume of Burlington, MA
Marc Cohen of Brighton, MA
Eric Diener of Weymouth, MA
Sally Friar of Jamaica Plain, MA
Allison Simon of Boston, MA

Lynn: West Lynn Chiropractic & Rehabilitation

Darcy Dane of Chattanooga, TN
Greg Karamanian of Attleboro, MA

Lawrence: Lawrence Back & Neck

Miguel Fernandez of Lowell, MA
Craig Jakubiak of Miami Beach, FL
Christian Kotulak of Somerville, MA
Ryan May of East Hartford, CT
Kevin Skowronak of Niagra Falls, NY

Roxbury: First Injury Chiropractic

Marc Cohen of Brighton, MA
Jennifer Downey of Cranston, RI
Kimberly Nappa of Braintree, MA
Kristine Thomas of Warwick, RI

Lawrence: South Lawrence Chiropractic

Kenneth Berthiaume of Burlington, MA
Glen Frost of Brighton, MA
Roberta Jaeger of Lowell, MA

The Board of Registration of Chiropractors licenses approximately 1,970 chiropractors throughout the Commonwealth. In Fiscal Year 2005, the Board received 46 new complaints and resolved 62 complaints, resulting in 25 consent agreements, two license revocations, 21 license suspensions, the voluntary surrender of one license and probation of 13 licensees.

Consumers are urged to visit the Division of Professional Licensure's website at www.mass.gov/reg and select the "check a license" option to determine whether a professional they are considering doing business with is licensed and in good standing.

The Division of Professional Licensure is an agency within the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. It is responsible for ensuring the integrity of the licensing process for 43 trades and professions regulated by 29 boards of registration, the updating and renewal of approximately 330,000 licenses and the maintenance of databases for licensing, enforcement and revenue collection. In Fiscal Year 2005, the Division of Professional Licensure imposed record levels of enforcement, including 1,186 disciplinary actions, $173,850 in fines and returned more than $53,000 in refunds to consumers.