For Immediate Release - April 08, 2005

Three Chiropractors Disciplined by State Board

Insurance Fraud Alleged Against Dorchester Chiropractor

The Division of Professional Licensure and the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Chiropractors ("Board") recently issued disciplinary actions against three chiropractors.

William McClune of Dorchester: The Board entered into a consent agreement with McClune, issuing a three-month suspension of his chiropractic license followed by a thirty-three month probationary period. McClune allegedly hired an individual to act as a "runner" to seek-out and direct clients to his chiropractic office for treatment. The Board contends McClune offered the individual $350 for every patient he referred and that he instructed the individual on how to craft a fraudulent insurance claim. McClune agreed to complete one hundred hours of continuing education in addition to the twelve hours required annually of all chiropractors. McClune will also be monitored by a Board-approved chiropractor that will submit a comprehensive administrative and clinical review of his practice to the Board every ninety days during the probationary period. If McClune abides by the terms and complies with existing regulations, he will be eligible for full reinstatement of his license on November 5, 2007.

"With new enforcement powers signed into law by Governor Romney in January, this Board and its investigators now have the tools to fully engage any allegations of insurance fraud among chiropractors," said Director Anne L. Collins.

Nunzio J. Bonina of Milford: The Board issued a final decision and order by default, revoking Bonina's chiropractic license. Bonina allegedly failed to adequately document treatment for a patient. The Board contends that notes documented did not support the course of treatment administered to that patient. Bonina provided at least eighty treatment sessions to the patient, which the Board deemed to be excessive based on the needs of the patient.

Joel N. Charles of Whitman: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Charles, issuing a six-month suspension of his chiropractic license followed by a two-year probationary period. Charles admitted that he failed to comply with the terms of a previous consent agreement, which required that he complete twenty-four hours of continuing education in the areas of record keeping, differential diagnosis and treatment planning. Following his six-month suspension, Charles' practice will be monitored by a Board-approved supervising chiropractor that will submit quarterly reports to the Board throughout the two-year probationary period. Charles must also submit written verification for the required continuing education and shall notify the Board of any change in his practice status or address.

The Board of Registration of Chiropractors licenses approximately 1,900 chiropractors throughout the Commonwealth. In 2004, the Board received 47 complaints and resolved 103 complaints, resulting in eighteen consent agreements, two license suspensions, one license revocation, the voluntary surrender of one license and the placing of fifteen licenses on probation.

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 2004, the Division of Professional Licensure imposed record levels of enforcement, including 829 disciplinary actions, $128,000 in fines and the return of more than $25,000 to consumers.