For Immediate Release - July 11, 2012

Division of Professional Licensure's Health Care Fraud Unit Obtains Record Fine Against Former Chiropractor

BOSTON - July 11, 2012 - The Division of Professional Licensure (DPL) today announced that its Health Care Fraud Unit has secured a $28,000 fine against a former chiropractor, Paul Jondle of Salem, New Hampshire. The fine is the largest in the 46-year history of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Chiropractors.

Jondle, a former Massachusetts chiropractor, agreed in April 1993 to allow his license to lapse. That consent agreement resolved charges he engaged in overutilization of practice by performing unnecessary tests and procedures on an individual who actually was not injured and did not require chiropractic care.

In the new action, the Board found Jondle owned and operated a chiropractic facility, Future Health Institute in Malden, without a license. The Board also found Jondle held himself out as a chiropractor even though he has not had a valid license for almost two decades. He also took steps to conceal his wrongdoing. Jondle failed to appear at the hearing.

"Chiropractors and chiropractic facilities are licensed in Massachusetts in order to ensure that they meet professional standards protecting consumers," said DPL Director Mark Kmetz. "We encourage consumers to check the DPL web site for licensure status, and to alert DPL to possible unlicensed practice if they see it."

The core mission of the DPL Health Care Fraud Unit is to combat fraud committed by health care professionals and facilities licensed by the Board of Registration of Chiropractors and the Board of Registration of Allied Health, which license occupational therapists and assistants, physical therapists and assistants, and athletic trainers.

The Health Care Fraud Unit inspects board-licensed facilities, investigates and prosecutes complaints, negotiates and implements agreements imposing discipline, assists initiatives of the boards of registration, and services requests by public protection agencies and private insurers.

Consumers who suspect fraud committed by health care providers can report it anonymously through the DPL Health Care Fraud Tip Line at 617-727-4499. The Tip Line, which was created in July 2011, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Callers are asked to provide as much detail as possible about the alleged fraud and the basis for the allegation.

The Board of Registration of Chiropractors regulates the practice of the chiropractic profession in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Board works to maintain high standards of practice and to protect the health and welfare of the public by establishing qualification requirements for licensure, reviewing applicant credentials, and administering licensing examinations.

The Board also monitors the practice of its licensees to ensure compliance with state laws and the Board's rules and regulations. The Board currently licenses more than 2,000 individuals and facilities in the chiropractic profession.

Chiropractors provide health care services to consumers for musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions. They are concerned with improving and maintaining the integrity of the biomechanical systems of the body.

Consumers are urged to visit the Division of Professional Licensure’s web site at www.mass.gov/dpl and select the "Check a License" link to determine whether a professional with whom they may do business 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 more than 365,000 licensees in trades and professions under the jurisdiction of 31 boards of registration.

CONTACT: Dan Rosenfeld., Director of Communications, (617) 973-8767