February 17, 2009

The Board of Registration of Chiropractors ("Board") announces recent enforcement actions against the following licensees:

Dr. Mitchell Simon, Brookline:

The Board has placed the license of Dr. Mitchell Simon on probation for a period of three years. During this time, Simon's practice will be monitored by a Board-approved Massachusetts chiropractor. In addition, the Board has ordered Simon to pay a $500 fine and to complete 12 additional hours of continuing education in chiropractic recordkeeping and report writing and/or coding and billing during each year of his probation. Simon admitted that the Board could conclude he violated several Board regulations regarding the proper us of supportive procedures and therapies, proper record keeping, overutilization of practice, and improper charges. In addition, Simon admitted that the Board could conclude that this conduct constitutes unprofessional conduct in the practice of the chiropractic profession. This discipline arises from treatment Simon allegedly provided and billed three insurers in connection with a patient who purportedly was injured in three motor vehicle accidents between February and June of 2003.

Dr. Khalid Karkache, Wilmington:

The Board has placed the license of Dr. Khalid Karkache on probation for a one year period. During this time, Karkache's practice will be monitored by a Board-approved Massachusetts chiropractor. In addition, the Board has ordered Karkache to pay a $500 fine and to complete 12 additional hours of continuing education in chiropractic recordkeeping and report writing and/or coding and billing during his probation. Karkache admitted that the Board could conclude he violated a Board regulation regarding proper record-keeping. This discipline arises from treatment Karkache allegedly provided to two patients on diverse dates from October 2005 through January 2006.

Dr. John Klug, Lowell:

Massachusetts chiropractor Dr. John Klug surrendered his license to the Board for a period of five consecutive years. Klug entered into an agreement with the Board in which he admitted that, among other things, he failed to adequately document the medical justification for treatments rendered and/or failed to adequately justify Current Procedural Terminology codes used in the billing for services for various patients in his care on diverse dates from July 2006 through December 2006.

Consumers are urged to visit the Division of Professional Licensure's website at http://www.mass.gov/dpl/ 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 a regulatory agency within the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. The agency is responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance and the integrity of the licensing process for approximately 330,000 licensees across 43 trades and professions under the jurisdiction of 31 boards of registration.